Speaking to TOI from Mumbai, Haj Committee of India chief executive officer,Ata-ur-Rahman, said that the rise in airfare is on account of the gradual phasing out of the Haj subsidy as ordered by the Supreme Court.
“We are expecting a rise by at least 15,000 in terms of airfare. However, the final figure is yet to be finalised. We will get to know about the airfare in the coming weeks. The reason for the increase is the phased doing away of the subsidy ,” the chief executive officer said.
The rupee-riyal currency exchange rate is likely to be finalised by the end of next month. The exchange rate is likely to affect pilgrims who carry cash to Mecca inSaudi Arabia.
Sources from the Telangana State Haj Committee (TSHC) said that airfare last year was Rs 56,000. Given the expected increase, it is likely to go up by around Rs 71,000.