SpiceJet Brings International Summer Travel Cost Down
Monday, 16th March 2015 at 02:29am
SpiceJet announced on Thursday that it is bringing down the cost of its tickets to 2,699 rupees (about 43 U.S. dollars). The carrier stated that these tickets could be used between March 19 and June 30, but that they would have to be booked between March 19 and March 22.
Other Carriers Follow SpiceJet's Example With Their Prices
Now that the SpiceJet's offer expired, other Indian airline companies are also bringing down their fares. Sri Lankan low-cost carrier Mihin Lanka was one of the first to slice its tickets on Chennai-Colombo route. A one-way fare in mid-April is now 5,588 Rs, while it will be even lower in mid-May as it is likely going below 4,000 Rs.
That's just the one-way ticket. Return fares are also getting reduced. Chennai-Colombo-Chennai ticket prices are currently standing between 8,400 and 9,000 rupees for April and May, while Madurai-Dubai-Madurai route is currently around 13,500 Rs.
Travel Agents Expect More Middle East and South-East Asia Bookings in April and May
According to the travel agents, this will lead to a wave of fresh bookings for Middle East and South-East Asia in April and May.
President of travel portal Yatra Online Sharad Dhall explained that this was the first for SpiceJet to offer this kind of short discount for international travel fares.
"Foreign airlines sometimes come up with offer but this offer brings down the fare to the level of domestic rates. It will be interesting to see whether other airlines follow suit. The travel period of the offer is fixed to cover school holidays across the country."
"This will be an advantage for people yet to plan their holidays. We saw a good response to the offer on our website. But people will have to book quickly because seats offered may be limited."
COO of Indiver Rastogi Thomas Cook revealed that his company has enjoyed a rush in the international travel sector thanks to cutting down its fares.
"With international destinations trending well, including Thailand and Dubai, such timely offer add impetus to the international holiday demand this year by nudging the fence-sitter to book, may be even at higher fares."
Founder and CEO of Trip Factory travel portal Vinnay Gupta said:
"Destinations like Bangkok, Colombo, Male and Kathmandu have high demand for holiday goers from India during the summer months."
By: Pete Lee.