Centre asks airlines to keep fares at affordable price post Go First grounding

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A few days after crisis-hit airline Go First was grounded, the Centre has asked other airlines to keep their prices in affordable range. This comes after the government has found that the fares on certain routes have been spiking rapidly. Go First, which was undergoing insolvency resolution proceedings, stopped flying from May 3.

Further ahead, the civil aviation ministry has asked the airlines to make sure the upper limit for ticket price is not too high in routes where Go First was a major player.

Citing the airfares to remain moderate, a senior government official, as per PTI, quoted, “There should not be a huge gap between the upper ceiling and lower ceiling.” He added that the Centre has no intentions in regulating the airfares.

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The April-June period is considered the peak season for the airlines as the school are shut for summer holidays and people go for leisure trips.

The official further, highlight the capacity as an issue, hoped that the resumption of flight operations by Go First at the earliest would help alleviate the situation before the peak travel season in June.

Go First’s top five routes included Delhi-Srinagar, Delhi – Leh, Mumbai – Goa, Delhi – Mumbai, and Delhi – Pune.