Flexi Fare in Rajdhani Express
Railways have fixed maximum fare throughout the year
Railways and Airlines are different modes of transport, which are not comparable in the terms of volume, connectivity as well as convenience. There is no fixed maximum limit of fare in Airlines whereas Railways have fixed maximum fare throughout the year.
Airline fare varies excessively depending on time of operation, stoppages, travel duration, Origin – Destination pair, carrier etc. Railways’ fare may or may not be higher than the air fare depending upon the class of travel as well as the peak or lean periods. It is the choice of the passengers to opt either Railway or Airlines for travelling as per their convenience.
Further, alternative train services on normal fare structure are available over Indian Railways on the routes of Rajdhani trains. Railway also serves a large number of passengers boarding/de-boarding at intermediate stations.
Moreover, over long distance sectors like Mumbai-Kolkata and Chennai-New Delhi, trains take around 26 to 28 hours for travel on these sectors while the same journey is done in 1.5 to 3 hours by air.
Passenger traffic over Indian Railways varies during peak, non-peak, festival seasons, special occasions and weekends etc.
Therefore, sometimes the trains run with higher occupancy (more than the berth potential) and sometimes during non-peak periods, some berths remain vacant. The percentage actual earnings during September 2016 to August 2018 (flexi period) in comparison to corresponding years (non flexi period) has increased by 17.32%.
Further, the average occupancy of all reserved accommodation including Rajdhani trains has increased from 101.15% (2015-2016: Non-flexi period) to 105.80% (2017-18: Flexi period).