Travelling by air than trains on these routes will save your money

Travelling by air than trains on these routes will save your money

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Updated: 22 Jul 2018, 02:13 PM IST

CAG comes down heavily

CAG comes down heavily

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Air travel was found to be cheapest mode in 17 directions

Air travel was found to be cheapest mode in 17 directions

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Other findings of the report

Other findings of the report

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List of routes

List of routes

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Growth in number of passengers

Growth in number of passengers

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Flexi fare scheme

Flexi fare scheme

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Tickets on the Indian Railways’ premium trains were much higher as compared to airfares, says a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report, tabled in parliament. Coming down heavily on the flexi-fare scheme of the Indian Railways, the CAG report said: “For the 120 advance reservation period (ARP) of 120 days, travel by air was found to be cheapest mode in 17 directions of travel. The report also highlighted that for the 60 days ARP, travel by air was found to be cheapest mode in 19 directions for travel and for 30 days ARP, travel by air was cheapest mode in 17 directions. It also said that in Hyderabad-New Delhi, New Delhi-Hyderabad, Bengaluru-New Delhi, New Delhi-Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar-New Delhi, New Delhi-Bhubaneshwar, New Delhi-Chennai and Bengaluru-Kolkata sectors, the air fare was cheaper when the tickets were booked 30 days to 120 days in advance. The report highlighted that the airlines reported growth in number of passengers in 26 directions whereas occupancy in Rajdhani or Duranto Express trains increased only in four directions. The CAG also pointed out that the flexi fare scheme has led to decrease in ticket sales in all classes except sleeper class of Duronto trains.
“Even in AC 3 class, which was one of the most profitable classes, the occupancy dropped significantly after the introduction of flexi fare and the vacant berths increased from 0.66 per cent in pre-flexi period to 4.46 per cent in post-flexi period. In terms of absolute numbers, the Premier trains carried 2,40,79,899 passengers during post flexi period as compared to 2,47,36,469 passengers during pre-flexi period,” said the CAG in its report.