Bonanza for air travellers as international air fares fall


New Delhi: With lowering of global crude prices, petrol prices my not have fallen proportionately, but international fliers are indeed reaping the benefits of low Air Turbine Fuel prices.

The Times of India reported that international airlines have flooded the Indian market with discounted tickets as plunging oil prices have lowered their operating costs, despite the rupee’s fall.

The report added that in the last one month, big global players like Qatar, Emirates, Etihad, British Airways, Jet and Air India had come out with special offers.

According to travel portal Yatra, BA special offer return fares for DelhiNew York start at Rs 64,000 against their usual Rs 88,000.

Qatar Airways was offering return fares of about Rs 54,000 on this route. Similarly, Yatra said Etihad was offering Delhi-London-Delhi for about Rs 29,000 instead of the usual Rs 41,000.

Qatar Airways recently concluded a travel fest where it was offering discounts of up to 50% on its entire network.

Similarly, Emirates was offering fares starting at Rs 19,000, Rs 34,000 and Rs 52,550 to the Gulf, Europe and Americas, respectively, till recently.

Airlines like BA are still offering special fares—Rs 45,000 and Rs 64,000 for India-UK and US (East Coast) return tickets — if bookings are made by the end of this month.

The report added that Gulf carriers, whose offers got over recently are also likely to come with other discounts in coming days to tap the coming summer travel from India.


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