Airlines’ loss is railways’ gains

The budget travellers dream of taking a flight at the drop of a hat being dashed in mid-air by soaring air ticket prices, the humble train has triumphed again.

Data available with Western Railway (WR) shows the train has won many recent converts, which has the railways coffers overflowing. The Mumbai-Delhi route, among the busiest air routes, has witnessed a 10% increase in revenue earned by the railways over last November. Moreover, the busy Mumbai-Delhi sector has seen an 18.99% increase in demand this November compared to the same month last year. WR generally earns an excess of Rs 20 crores per month on the Delhi-Mumbai sector, this November WR earned Rs 2.5 crores more due to increased demand. WR officials said though November-December is usually the peak season for travel, this huge growth can be attributed to the skyrocketing air fares.

WRs chief PRO, Sharat Chandrayan, said, “Airfares have been ramped up since November and they have shown no signs of coming cial train twice a week (Monday and Friday) to cope with the demand, he said. The special train raked in as much as Rs 12 lakh per trip.”

The Garib Raths, also called the poor mans Rajdhani, has also been running house full on the Mumbai-Delhi sector on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. WR has augmented this train with one 3-AC coach with a carrying capacity of 72.

Rates on the Garib Rath are Rs 552 on chair car and Rs 667 for a 3-AC berth. This is probably what a flier pays as his taxi fare, said Chandrayan. The extra coaches earn WR around Rs 50,000 a day. WR runs around 11 services to Delhi daily, excluding holiday specials.

Published in: on December 11, 2010 at 11:16 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Air travel has its own advantages and money does not come in the decision making.Flying for Rs 4000 from Madras to Varanasi instead of 36 hours of travel time depends on the purse of the person and the Budget airlines offer of cheap fares from time to time and for low fare if planned months ahead.
    Rlys will have their own share of the passsengers by all the trains and India being a poor country, Rlys must run so many alternative types and modes of trains and formations for millions and millions of passengers who have different pressures and demands for travel.

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