Airfares down on Srinagar route
Srinagar, July 4: With tourist arrivals coming down sharply to the Valley, the airfares, sky high a week ago, have nosedived on the route.
People associated with aviation industry said even as the fares last month were ruling high, due to sharp decline in tourist arrivals to the Valley, “they have come down considerably.”
Past week the fare on Delhi-Srinagar-Delhi was around Rs 12,000. “It has now come down to as low as Rs 4000,” they said.
Most parts of the Valley past week remained under intense curfew, while the remaining areas observed complete shutdown against the killing of innocent civilians allegedly by paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force and police in week.
Nasir Shah, secretary general, JK Tourism Alliance attributed the dip in airfares to the present chaotic situations in the Valley. “Due to prevailing conditions in the Valley, there have been over 50 percent cancellations of the bookings.”
He said in June 80-90 percent hotels were occupied. “At least 10,000 tourists arrived regularly past month, which have now come down to just 2,000, Shah said.
Former Chairman Houseboat Owners Association Abdul Azim Tuman rued the cancellations and dip in arrivals saying most of houseboats in the Dal Lake remained vacant for past few days.
Lastupdate on : Sun, 4 Jul 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 4 Jul 2010 18:30:00 GMT
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