Early booking discounts rain with Air India this Summer
Air India, India’s leading domestic airline, has launched yet another discount bonanza for its passengers this holiday season. To tap the increasing summer travelers, the carrier has launched ‘Date range fares’ for 141 domestic routes across the country.
Date range fares offer discounts to travelers if they book their journey either 3 or 5 day in advance. Effective from April 20, the scheme benefits passengers travelling across the most popular routes in the country. The scheme is focused to aid holiday travelers and rope in more numbers to the airline which has recently started its restructuring operations.
The Date range fare is being offered under two schemes namely Date Range 3 (D3) and Date Range 5 (D5). There should be a minimum of three day gap between the date of booking and date of travel under the D3 scheme, while D5 requires tickets to be booked minimum of five days in advance. Both the schemes offer dynamic discounts based on the route. In addition, advance purchase excursion fares (apex fare) of 7, 14 and 30 days are also available.
Under D3 scheme, a Delhi – Ahmedabad flight will cost Rs 3,585 while the same will be Rs 3,533 under the D5 fare. Similarly, a Delhi-Lucknow will cost Rs 3,963 under D3 and Rs 3,897 under D5 fare excluding service tax; Bangalore – Mumbai travel will cost Rs 5,116 & Rs 4,957 for D3 and D5, respectively.
The scheme is aimed at increasing the traffic flow to Air India which has clocked a marginal increase in passenger load due to reduction of fares in the earlier month. This is in contrast to other private airlines that have increased fares owing to the crude price increase in last couple of months.
Source: India Times
Petra Vaškových, Apr 26, 2011
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