Friday, February 23, 2007

LCCs fight lean season with promotional offers

In a bid to tide over the lean season, low cost carriers (LCCs) are offering various promotional packages to increase their passenger load factor. Air Deccan, GoAir and SpiceJet have lined up a host of schemes to boost air travel from February to mid-April.
GoAir has announced that it had eliminated the extra charges payable on all call centre ticketing office (CTO) and even airport ticketing office (ATO) bookings with effect from February 14. The airline has also announced an initiative, GoFly @ Rs 0, which allows passengers to fly free to all its 13 destinations on bookings made till February 23 for travel between March 1 to 25.
To enable travellers to fly at Rs 99 to all its destinations except on the Delhi-Goa route, SpiceJet is offering tickets on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Even IndiGo has announced a promotional offer on 1 lakh tickets at Rs 100, Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 for sale from February 26 to February 28. Taxes and surcharge are extra. Air Deccan has introduced tickets at rock bottom prices, as low as Rs 7, to those who want to book tickets online.
23/02/07 Shaheen Mansuri/Financial Express