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Sir, It is a welcome step that all the three domestic airlines have decided to bring down fares almost in line with railway fares. I had advocated this some years ago when I was with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and filed a case against cartelisation of these airliners. In fact, it was the policy in the erstwhile Soviet Union to keep airfares on par with or slightly higher than rail fares in order to promote movement of people in a vast country.
The fare cut has to be coupled with feeder aircraft of less than 50 passenger capacity using not only the 150 and odd airports with the Central Government but also reviving the same number of airports/strips with the States in order to encourage air travel and tourism.
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