Cheaper Air fares on all airlines wooing summer traveler
With Air India starting the cheap flight offers, airfares have sharply fallen down from other airlines too wooing the holiday travelers. The airfares were expected to go up by atleast 25%-30% considering the Fuel costs and inflation, but the price wars have kept them down.
The sharp fall in ticket prices has belied expert forecasts of a steep rise in fares during the peak summer holiday season. With a capacity addition of upto 20% by major players like Indigo, Jet Airways and Spicejet and Kingfisher Airlines, the reduced fares became imperative to maintain the traffic on the routes.
However, tickets are hard to find between May 15 and June 20 when most schools in the country are closed for the annual summer break. This is the result of reduced airfares.
For instance, a one-way ticket Delhi – Amritsar for travel on May 27 is available for Rs.1,600 now. Tickets on this route are available at Rs.5,000 onwards for most of the year. The starting fare on the Mumbai-Jodhpur route is 6,800, a sharp fall from 10,000 in December for tickets booked 10 days ahead of departure. Even tickets from Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram, considered a heavy tourist route, are available for 6,000–a 20% fall from the price last summer.
Since this is the traffic season, airlines tend to make most money for the lean seasons in other parts of the year. So the airfares would continue to be on the lower trend to fill the seats.
Source: India Times
Petra Vaškových, May 25, 2011
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