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Airfare battle to begin again

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Published Jan 22, 2014, 3:00 pm IST
Updated Mar 19, 2019, 7:37 am IST
Discounts, early booking offers for travellers to hot up domestic travel scene.

Mumbai: The domestic travel scene is expected to hot up this summer with Spicejet announcing a super 50 per cent discount for travellers who book tickets for their summer trips between January 21-23.

The tickets can be booked for travel till April 15. The airfare on the Delhi-Mumbai route has been slashed to Rs 3,054 against the spot fare that is as high as Rs10,098.  Indigo’s offer is a 50 per cent off on the base fare and fuel and GoAir is said to be offering a smaller discount.

 

Makemytrip.com also announced the “biggest airfare sale” with Delhi- Goa for Rs 3,355, Chennai to Port Blair Rs 2,302 and Bengaluru-Delhi Rs 3,054 for bookings made 30 days in advance.

Sharat Dhall of Yatra.com said January-March is basically a lean season and airlines are looking to beef up their coffers through early bookings to stimulate the market. He said fares were very high year-on-year with an increase of 20 per cent and in December they went up further 15-20 per cent. So in a way this is a correction.

“With other airlines likely to follow suit, travellers are finally getting a respite from the high airfares and will take advantage of these great prices to book their holidays in advance. We are already seeing over a 50 per cent rise in bookings within hours of reducing the prices,” Dhall said.

Next: Air India announces spring sale

Air India announces spring sale

Hyderabad: The government owned carrier Air India on Tuesday launched a short term spring sale of up to 50 per cent on all domestic sectors of its network.

The sale would be available from January 22, till midnight of January 24, for travel between February 21  and April 15 2014.

The  The fares will cover all domestic sectors of the Air India network and will be available for booking through Air India’s website and booking offices, or travel agents and on-line travel agents.

The fares under the scheme are inclusive of applicable taxes and start as low as Rs 1,357. The fare on the Agartala — Kolkata would be as low as Rs 1,385, between Delhi and Mumbai it would be Rs 2,830 and Delhi-Ahmedabad would be Rs 2,292. 
 

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