Travel agents report that Kerala passengers were increasingly opting to Bengaluru and Mumbai airports so they can save up to Rs.35,000 per ticket. Keralites travelling to various countries in the Middle East, Europe and the US are also now avoiding the Kerala airports and taking round-about routes as the airfares from Trivandrum, Cochin and Calicut airports have skyrocketed as a result of the end of summer vacation in the Gulf and Western countries.
The fares from other neighbouring cities are also low compared to those in Kerala, and travel agents say the fares this time have risen by over four times. Travellers who had a one-way ticket are finding the going tough. Many anticipated lower fares later and are now in a fix as fares have risen beyond their imagination.
Airline sources maintain that the fares are influenced by demand and supply. However expatriate organisations and political parties have been expressing concern over the fleecing of passengers by airlines, especially Air India and Air India Express.