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SpiceJet selling Rs 499 tickets for travel next year

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 - 6:45am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Budget carrier SpiceJet has yet again come out with attractive airfares for travel next year.

As part of its early-bird sales, the company has announced fares starting as low as Rs 499 (one-way, including fuel surcharge but excluding applicable statutory taxes and fees) for destinations across its network and travel between January 16 2015 to October 24, 2014.

The sale is open between September 1 and 3, 2014, and is applicable on all direct, via and connecting flights on SpiceJet's domestic network, the airline said in a statement.

"While the number of travellers opting for air travel during holidays has increased over the years, with the introduction of early-bird sale this number will only grow further. This early-bird sale will encourage customers to make their holiday plans well in advance and save on travel costs at the same time," Kaneswaran Avili, chief commercial officer, SpiceJet said in a statement.

Airlines have been joining the fare war with competition getting intense as new players enter the market. Last week, Air India and AirAsia launched special schemes at Rs 100 and Rs 600, respectively. Air India's website had crashed after heavy traffic converged to take benefit of the scheme, leaving a lot of customers dissatisfied.

With the SpiceJet's latest offer, experts believe that the other airlines are likely to match or join the fare war.

Sharat Dhall, president of Yatra.com, said in a statement, "By announcing an early-bird sale, SpiceJet has yet again taken an initiative to drive advance bookings by incentivising travellers to plan their holidays well in advance and save big. With the likelihood of increased competition in the coming months, Indian travellers can expect a lot more action in the air market, going forward."

Booking under the SpiceJet sale can be made on company's website, travel portals and through agents.

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