Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The fare war in the domestic skies intensified with the public sector Air India Express, offering travellers an attractive fare of Rs. 99 per sector, excluding taxes and levies, on 84 domestic sectors on its network.

Air India Express, the low cost arm of Air India in the international sector, over the past three years has been making efforts to expand its wings in the domestic market as well.

The carrier said that the Rs. 99 fare tickets can be booked on-line through its website and through appointed travel agents. Some of the domestic sectors on offer by Air India Express are: Mumbai-Delhi-Mumbai, Mumbai-Chennai-Mumbai, Mumbai-Kozhikode-Mumbai, Mumbai-Kolkata-Mumbai, Kozhikode-Kochi-Kozhikode, Thiruvananthpuram-Kozhikode, Mumbai-Kochi-Mumbai, Kochi-Mangalore-Kochi, Delhi-Lucknow-Delhi and Chennai-Trichy-Chennai.

Air India Express, which commenced operation on April 29, 2005 with three leased aircraft, has a fleet of 18 Boeing 737-800 single aisle aircraft. It also operates flights to a dozen international destinations.

The airline has plans to launch flights to Kuwait from Kerala, Mangalore and Ahmedabad, to Dubai from Goa, Pune, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad and to Dhaka from Kolkata.