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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 26, 2014
A day after low cost carriers SpiceJet, Indigo and GoAir launched a fare war, Jet Airways, the country’s second-largest airline with a 24.6% market share, on Tuesday announced 70-75% discounts on tickets booked till February 27 for travel between March 27 and September 30, 2014. SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir are offering similar discounts for travel between April 1 and June 30. Air India, travel agents said, is matching the discounted fares in some sectors.

Experts, however, said the airlines were offering only a limited number of discounted tickets per flight and that the discounts varied depending on the date of travel. So, while a Delhi-Goa ticket costing Rs. 3,737 is easily available in June, they are much more expensive for flights in April and May.

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“Because of the limited number of discounted tickets, a family of five wanting to travel together, may not get tickets on the same flight,” said Rajji Rai, chairman, Swift Travel International, a leading travel agency.

“The number of seats being offered at a discount will be different on different flights,” said Sharat Dhall, president, Yatra.com.

“We have recorded an overall growth of 253% in the last 24 hours. The phenomenal growth in certain sectors has surpassed all expectations,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia on Tuesday announced it was offering more than half a million free seats along with 1.8 million low fare promotional seats on select routes with fares starting from Rs. 6,999 from Kochi, Kolkata, Tiruchirappalli, Chennai and Bangalore to Kuala Lumpur.

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