THE MORE the merrier, at least for Indore’s air passengers. As Air Sahara becomes the fourth airline to launch operations from city on Sunday, travellers can look forward to fare wars and promotional offers, particularly on the Indore-Delhi sector. With another low-cost carrier SpiceJet planning to fly to Indore in the next six months, competition is expected to hot up.
Says Jet Airways Indore head, Tariq Abbasi, “we are planning some concessions in the existing fares on Indore-Delhi route.” He refused to elaborate, but said that the fares will be very competitive. Jet Airways offers a ‘one fare pass’ wherein a passenger can purchase coupon booklets to travel in economy or club premiere class.
The six-coupon pass costs Rs 37,250 (economy) or Rs 62,250 (club premiere) and is valid for three months. To counter this, Air Sahara has a ‘Super Sixer’ scheme whereby a passenger can buy six coupons to any city valid for six months priced at Rs 33,600 (economy) or Rs 47,100 (business class). Air Sahara has also introduced a fly unlimited offer to any domestic destination by paying a fixed amount.
Indian (Airlines), not wanting to be left behind, has also many promotional schemes on offer. Indian’s marketing manager D V Gadgil said that the airline would soon come out with a special festive offer. Under Indian’s Super Saver Utsav Plus offer, an individual can purchase four coupons on any domestic sector for Rs 23,000 (economy class) and Rs 31000 (executive class). An additional two coupons can be issued for Rs 7,500 (economy) or Rs 10,500 (executive).
Air Deccan has special packages for families. ‘The Value Flier’ package offers 12 tickets for Rs 24,000. Value Flier Plus offers 14 tickets for Rs 48,000. Both packages are valid for one year.
In ten years of competition in the aviation sector, private airlines have changed the rules of the game, and they now account for more than 60 per cent of the domestic aviation market.
With a number of discount schemes and packages on offer, the market for air travel in Indore looks set to expand in years to come.