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Dec 09, 2010 at 01:11pm IST

Air fares go through the roof this winter

New Delhi: If you are looking to fly on short notice this season, get ready to cough up twice the normal amount as there is an unusual increase in air traffic this winter. Ticket prices are going through the roof especially on the metro routes this winter season.

A Delhi-Mumbai one way ticket for travel from November 16-18 is priced at between Rs 11,000 to Rs 13,500, while a Delhi-Ahmedabad ticket could set you back between Rs 10,000-11,000, effectively twice the fare in the recent period.

If you thought low-cost carriers are cheap check again. They are only marginally cheaper.

"Most airlines are following a very dynamic pricing model. When the aircraft is not so full they have a certain capacity that they will sell at a cheaper price. When that demand increases for that service on that hour then prices go up," says Apex Travel & Tours CEO Sanjay Narula.

So even as airfares have shot up, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) says it is yet to find any evidence of a cartel pushing up prices.

Sources in the DGCA say that the fares are reasonably priced and are close to the filed economy class fare.

All full service carriers file fares on a global distribution system and they cannot charge more than the filed fares.

Experts add they see this demand-supply gap increasing and lasting at least till February 2011.

So, if you are planning any year-end travel, rush and book your tickets now.

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