Sunday, July 22, 2007

and the season has just started

It's been said that the Salalah Kahreef Festival 2007 is one of the most successful festivals that the Sultanate of Oman has ever operated. It's not known what type of information nor data does this statement base itself upon.

But therein arises the first ever complaint of the festival's transportation pricing.

I had read earlier today in one of the Arabic language local newspapers that a certain number of bus companies that operate within the bounds of the Sultanate of Oman's borders have raised the bus ticket prices from 5 Riyals to 7 Riyals.

An excerpt that I remember reading of an interview quotes one of the bus company owners stating that the raise came in due to the high demand for the Salalah line only.

Unfortunately, due to my ignorance, I only know of one bus company - the Oman National Transportation Company - that goes by such lines. Feel free to inform me otherwise.

The main point of raising this matter is because I want to highlight the fact that the transportation industry, even if it were in a competition against other competitors then it should consider competitive pricing against its rivals in order to gain a bigger customer base. So the companies that claim such a thing have no right in my opinion because at the rate of 5 Riyals they still get a bigger profit margin with that line. In fact, they should operate more buses on that route.

Feel free to post your comment in order to debate.


Per Your Request said...

It sounds like the increase in demand for transportation has caused an increase in the price of a ticket. Basically, more people want to go to Salalah then available seats. Thus the transportation companies know that they can increase the price of their tickets without not filling the buses. They will lose some customers, but it might just be enough to have as many seats demanded as seats available.

Sleepless In Muscat said...

I don't think it's fair.

Why should the bus companies raise the ticket prices anyhow? Its not like they include food and loo services on the bus, do they?