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The soaring of airfares by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and other private airlines is a sign of the times as the demand and supply chain is at odds. Recently, the return ticket for domestic flights from Karachi to Lahore and from Islamabad to Karachi is in the range of Rs. 35,000 – Rs. 70,000. The influx of passengers and the sharp increase of petrol prices by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, with rates of high-speed diesel reaching Rs. 273.40, has put a strain on the fare of domestic air flights.
It is seemingly an attempt on part of the institute to recover and overcome the huge debt that was built up during the pandemic. As reported by sources, the idea is that once the influx of passengers dips, the fares will come back to normal rate.
However, news of the high fares has caused a public uproar. Not only does it threaten to limit the mobility of citizens but it is also a hardship for those who are already struggling to balance their expenses in times of economic fragility. Many travelers, across both the consumer and the small business spectrum, find themselves in a conundrum as their preferences are between a rock and a hard place.
It is important for authorities to understand the strife of citizens who are caught between emergency functions and travel. That way, the financial burden can be mitigated to a certain extent. Ways to do this can include incentivizing travelling through smaller airports over bigger ones, implementing cheaper operating costs, flexibility in packages and so on.
Therefore, it is important for authorities to consider the safety of travelling citizens when it comes to the fare of air travels. It is important to ensure that the airfares are suitable enough for people to travel the country while maintaining their income security. They should also involve the public in the decision making process in order to ensure maximum transparency and efficiency.
In overall, it is pertinent to keep passengers in the loop and make efforts through regulatory authorities to maintain viable, reasonable airfares. This is doubly important in times of economic fragility as it would boost the morale and travel experiences of citizens – therefore, leading to an overall improvement in the quality of everyday life for Pakistanis