Led by state-run carrier Air India, low-cost private carriers SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir on Tuesday launched a fare war in the skies, offering discounts ranging between 30 and 50 per cent on domestic routes. By late evening all SpiceJet tickets were sold out.
The discounted fares are being introduced by carriers to make air travel more attractive and cheap in the off-peak travel season, given the gloomy market conditions and continuing slowdown. While Air India’s Spring Sale promises to offer ‘up to’ 50 per cent discount on tickets on its entire domestic network, IndiGo and GoAir have announced reduction in fares by 30 to 50 per cent for advance purchase on its website. Air India said its promotional scheme would be up for sale from Wednesday till January 24 and valid for travel between February 21 and April 15. These fares, which begin from as low as `1,357, including taxes, would cover all domestic sectors of the national carrier. The fare on Agartala-Kolkata sector would be `1,385, while between Delhi and Mumbai it would be `2,830 and Delhi-Ahmedabad `2,292, inclusive of taxes.
SpiceJet was offering 50 per cent off base fares of tickets booked on select flights at least 30 days prior to travel (for purchases till January 23). The SpiceJet scheme would be valid for travel till April 15 but bookings have to be made in the next two days and all applicable fee and taxes would have to be borne by the customer. With the period from January to April usually witnessing weak demand, airlines offer seats at discounted rates to fill up their seats, as vacant seats mean loss of revenue. (With PTI inputs)