Air Travel Is Cheaper Than The Auto-Rickshaws, Says Jayant Sinha Giving 'Proof'

| February 4 , 2018 , 15:09 IST

Jayant Sinha, Minister Of State for Civil Aviation said on Saturday that air travel in the country was now cheaper than travel by auto-rickshaws on a per kilometre basis.

While attending 27th International Managment Conference of the Indore Management Association (IMA), Sinha said "In today's India, the fares of airplanes are lower than that of autorickshaws. Some people will say that I'm talking nonsense, but this is true."

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He explained the mathematics behind his clam and said, "These days, passengers spend only Rs 5 per kilometre on air travel from Indore to Delhi. But if you take an autorickshaw in this city, then you need to spend a relatively higher price of Rs 8 to 10 per kilometre."

Sinha stated that nowadays people are opting for air travel because India had the cheapest fares in the world.

He also referred to the remarks of Finance Minister Anur Jaitley that a man wearing slippers is also now flying.

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While referring to data Sinha said that 4 years ago 11 crore people were travelling by air but in this fiscal year this number is expected to reach 20 crores.

Sinha said the government is looking forward to increasing the number of people using air travel by five times to 100 crores in the coming years.

'Udega Desh Ka Aam Nagrik' is one of the most important initiatives in order to achieve its goal to improve the number of air passengers, making air travel affordable for all.