For the first time, railways will experiment with dynamic fares on the pattern of airlines by operating AC special trains between Delhi and Mumbai from December 24 with costlier tickets to en cash the peak demand during festive season of Christmas and New Year.
There will be four trips from December 24, 2013 till Januray 2, 2014 of the premium AC special trains on the busy New Delhi-Mumbai sector, said a senior Railway Ministry official, adding "the tickets will be sold on higher rate than the existing rate as per the dynamic pricing policy."
The premier AC special trains will have only AC-2 and AC-3 classes with Rajdhani like facility including catering.
The dynamic fares are prevalent in air fares and it is first time that railways have decided to run trains on the pattern of air fares.
The advance reservation period for this train will be 15 days only and the fare shall be equal to or higher than the Rajdhani Tatkal fare to begin with.
"The fare is also likely to increase depending on the demand intensity," said the official.
"We will be running four trips on December 24, 27, 30 and January 2 from Delhi and in return journey there will be three trips on December 26, 29 and January 1 on experimental basis," he said.
There will be no commercial stoppages en route for this train. The trains shall originate and terminate at New Delhi and Mumbai Central stations.