IndiGo airline has come out with low fares in 30, 60 and 90 days advance purchase fares (apex fares) schemes on Tuesday to beat rivals and to ensure 100 per cent passenger load during the peak summer months.
These fares are valid for travel from April to September and discounts vary from 10 per cent to 35 per cent from the normal fares, according to members of the travel trade.
A spokesperson for IndiGo confirmed the low fare offering but could not spell out the reason behind this sudden offer.
As per the offer, a Chennai-Mumbai one-way ticket for travel on April 12 would cost Rs.5,319 while a ticket in the same route for May 12 would cost Rs.3,499. Someone booked for travel on June 12 would pay only Rs.2,899.
This is compared to IndiGo’s lowest fare of Rs.9,570 for March 12 in the same route, according to travel agencies.
Similarly, a Mumbai-Delhi one-way ticket booked for travel on April 12 would cost Rs.6,072 while the same ticket for travel on May 12 would cost Rs.4,299. The price of this ticket for travel on June 12 would cost Rs.3,523. This is compared to IndiGo’s lowest fare of Rs.10,322 for March 12 in the same sector.
“These fares are attractive for the holiday traffic and corporate travellers who can plan their trip in advance and provide them an incentive to book early and benefit from the savings,’’ said Neelu Singh, COO, Ezeego1.com, while commenting on the development.
Following IndiGo, SpiceJet has come out with its Super Holi Sale, a five day offer applicable on bookings made between 12 and 16 March 2014, for travel between 14 April and 30 June 2014. Fares start from Rs. 1,999 all inclusive on select routes and flights.
Lowest fares are for bookings made 90 days prior to travel, and all bookings under this offer require minimum 30 days advance purchase, the airline said. Examples of fares under this offer include Delhi-Chandigarh for Rs. 1,999, Hyderabad – Cochin for Rs. 2,999, and Amritsar – Mumbai for Rs. 3,999 (all inclusive).