The Turkish government has suggested introducing a ceiling price on domestic airplane tickets, a move it expects would lower prices to levels favorable for passengers.
The new move would introduce a maximum allowed price on such tickets during holiday seasons only.
Transportation Minister Binali Yıldırım said on Monday in Istanbul that the ministry has received numerous customer complaints over extraordinary prices for tickets introduced by local carriers. “This happens in particular during peak seasons such as religious and national holidays. … We have already commenced studies to address the high price issue,” Yıldırım explained.
Underlining that the number of flyers increases remarkably during holiday times, Yıldırım referred to huge price hikes as “opportunism.” The Transportation Ministry's Civil Aviation General Directorate (SHGM) has the authority to implement a ceiling price. The government may soon declare a ceiling price to set a maximum on what airlines can charge for tickets during holidays.
During this year's latest religious holiday, Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, the high demand for tickets led to price increases of as much as 30 percent. Aviation sector players have asked people not to wait until the last minute to buy tickets for their vacations. In Turkey, plane tickets can be found at relatively lower prices if customers book early. Yıldırım called on potential passengers to take advantage of early booking promotions and plan their flights accordingly.
Turkey's aviation sector has experienced tremendous change over the past decade with domestic markets buoyed by growing demand. The number of passengers taking domestic flights increased to 65 million last year from 8.5 million in 2003, indicative of the quick expansion. The country increased its number of airports to 52 from 26 in the same 10-year period.
CihanGüncelleme Tarihi: 19 Ağustos 2013, 18:09