New Delhi: A decision of Indian Railways to introduce dynamic pricing for premium trains could boost air travel, said a top official of low-cost airline AirAsia.
“While air travel on some routes are cheaper than train ticket, people are unaware of it. However, the dynamic pricing of train tickets would definitely help low cost airlines to get more passengers,” said AirAsia India CEO Amar Abrol on Thursday.
As part of reforms, Indian Railways had introduced dynamic pricing on premium trains. After an uproar over the move, the Railway Board clarified that the model was introduced on an experimental basis and it will be reviewed it after some time.
Mr Abrol said AirAsia has acquired its eighth aircraft, which used for Hyderabad, Bangalore and Kochi route from October 8. According to him, the low-cost airline will have a fleet of 20 A320 aircraft by end-2018, which make it eligible to operate on international routes.
“Our game plan, that has been approved by the AirAsia Board, is to get roughly, over the course of 2017 or 2018, 20 aircraft. We ourselves want to get 20 aircraft as soon as possible. That will allow us to fly international,” he said....