Domestic air fares shoot through the roof as Diwali approaches

Jaipur: If you are planning to fly to your home town to celebrate Diwali with your family, please be ready to burn a big hole in your pocket.

The domestic air fares around Diwali have shot through roof and like every year, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is twiddling its thumbs.

Pay Rs 20K for Jaipur-Mumbai ticket

Taking a flight from Jaipur to Mumbai between November 3 and 11 may set you back by Rs 20,000. In normal days, the fare is between Rs 2000 and Rs 3000. The Pune-Jaipur fare has jumped from Rs 4,000 to Rs 12,000 and from Chennai to Jaipur, to Rs 11,000. The normal fares for these destinations are Rs 40,00 and Rs 5,500 respectively.

Even a short-haul flight from Chandigarh to Jaipur will cost you Rs 6,000. Surat-Jaipur tickets cost around Rs 7,400. The low-cost airline Spicejet is charging Rs 5,300 for flying to Ahmedbad from Jaipur, up from the normal Rs 2,500.

The Chennai-Jaipur fare has climbed to Rs 11,500 from Rs 4,500.