To meet the increased demand, different airlines have introduced additional flights on domestic routes, but to no avail.
Air passengers return home disappointed and without ticket from Hazrat Shahjalal domestic airport ticket counter.
Even, passengers are not getting return ticket from all domestic destinations to Dhaka routes.
Tito Siddique, a regular passenger on the Dhaka-Jessore route, vented his expression by saying: “I was lucky. I got a ticket as I bought it 10 days ago, but I had to pay three times its actual price.”
Airliner sources said now domestic routes are passing a busy time ahead of Eid. Return ticket up to September 18 have already been sold out.
If anyone gets any ticket, the airlines management is charging thrice its actual fare.
At present, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Novoair, US-Bangla Airlines and Regent Airways are operating flights on the domestic routes.
Of them, per week seat capacity of Novoair is around 11,000 while the US-Bangla 13,000,
Airlines introduced additional flights to Jessore, Rajshahi, Barisal and Sayedpur routes to meet the increased demand of passengers.
Novoair will operate additional two flight everyday till September 18. They also additional flight Dhaka-Jessore, Dhaka-Sayedpur, Dhaka-Rajshahi routes.
The National Flag Carrier, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, also introduced additional flights to Dhaka-Jessore, Dhaka-Rajshahi and Dhaka-Sayedpur route.
Kamrul Islam, deputy general manager (GM) of US-Bangla Airlines, told the Dhaka Tribune that the management of the airlines didn’t increase air fare ahead of Eid.
The airlines has eight price segments, he said, adding that as the lower segments have been sold out, so there remains only the higher segments that cost higher.
Echoing the same reaction, Sohail Majid, head of Marketing and Sales, Novoair, said: “As the lowest airfare tickets are sold out, passengers are buying the tickets of higher fare.”
During Eid ul-Adha, NOVOAIR offered special discounts for four domestic routes to their valued passengers. The four are Jessore, Saidpur, Rajshahi and Barisal.
Passengers travelling from Jessore/Saidpur/Rajshahi and Barisal to Dhaka during 7-13 September and from Dhaka to Jessore/Saidpur/Rajshahi and Barisal during 13-19 September had a single ticket at only Tk1,888.
In line with the increasing demand, NOVOAIR will operate additional flights to Jessore, Saidpur, Rajshahi, Barisal and Cox’s Bazar routes.