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Cheaper travel: Flexi-fare on trains to be revised

By Vicky

The Railways will soon revise its flexi-fare system on premium trains such as Shatabdi, Duronto and Rajdhani. The move is aimed at selling half the seats without surge pricing.

Cheaper travel: Flexi-fare on trains to be revised

In the current system that was introduced in 2016, the fares rise soon after the first 10 per cent of the tickets on a train are sold. The fares increase 10% with every 10% of the seats sold, with a maximum hike of 1.5 times the normal fares in sleeper, air-conditioned chair car and two-tier AC classes and 1.4 times in three-tier AC.

Once the new system is in place, then half the passengers who book early will get an advantage of a cheaper fare. The aim of the flexi-fare system was to generate additional revenues and reduce cross-subsidisation from freight.

Further the Railway Board is also contemplating a flat increase in fares on premium trains as on the New Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani Express flagged off on October 17. The train does not have dynamic pricing, but the fares are 20% higher than the normal fares but around 19% cheaper than the highest fares offered on two- and three-tier AC coaches of other Rajdhani trains on the route.

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