Friday, July 07, 2017

Smaller cities offer cheaper airfares to overseas hotspots

New Delhi: If you were considering a Sentosa trip for your kids, or seeking much-needed retail therapy on Orchard Road, you’d be better off giving Delhi’s crowded airport a miss and flying to Singapore instead from Jaipur.

The reason is simple: It’s much cheaper to board a flight from Sanganer – just about half of what it costs to fly to Singapore from Delhi’s T3. Fares on short-haul overseas routes from non-metro airports nosedived this summer, dovetailing neatly into federal efforts at spreading aviation to the hinterland and smaller cities in India.

Data compiled for ET by online travel portal ixigo show that international budget carriers are offering cheap fares from Lucknow, Jaipur and Trichy, to Singapore, Hong Kong and other cities in India’s neighbourhood (see chart).
The entry of budget carriers on the short-haul routes and lower operational fees at tier-2 airports have caused fares to fall. Data show that the average of lowest fare available for August on the Delhi-Singapore route comes to about Rs 10,145, which is 45.30% more than the fare available between Jaipur and Singapore — Rs 5,549.
07/07/17 Mihir Mishra/Economic Times