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Airlines slash fares to lure flyers in upcoming slack season

Thursday, 2 January 2014 - 10:49am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

With airfares currently at their peak, this might come as some solace to flyers. Passengers will soon be able to take advantage of offers that airlines are supposed to dole out for them during the impending off-season period.

Already, airlines have started rolling out special offers, especially on international sectors. In the latest such offer, the country’s leading low-cost carrier, Indigo, recently announced that a one-way ticket to Dubai for a flight between February 1 and April 30 this year can be purchased for as little as Rs4,499.

Indigo’s offer was in response to a similar one announced by its competitor, SpiceJet, offering a ticket at about 65 per cent discount starting from Rs2,157 onwards for the first 1 million bookings made through its website.

Passengers can avail of this discount, provided they plan to travel between January 19 and April 15 this year. A mail sent by the airline to its frequent flyers and to agents read — ‘Book early and save lots’.

Similarly, Emirates Airline is not being left behind. To keep pace with the goodies being offered by its competitors, it has put out special offers for its flyers from Mumbai to some of the destinations in the US, Europe, Asia  and Africa. All this, at a specially discounted price for travelling between February 1 and  July 15.

Air Asia, which has the reputation of offering some of the cheapest airfares in the world, recently  started an offer for the lean period which commences from January 6 and lasts until April 30.

Passengers can fly to Kuala Lumpur at price of Rs6,500 one way.

President of Travel Agents Association of India, Iqbal Mulla, said that such discounts are common during the lean period. However, aviation officials said that though such offers create a lot of buzz and seats get sold out soon enough after announcement of these discounts, many tickets get cancelled.

“The reason is that there’s a good amount of time between the booking date and the flight date.

The uncertainty of how things will pan out during this window period often results in such cancellations,” said Abhey Nath of Abhey Travels in Andheri.

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