Sunday, September 03, 2017

Low-cost carriers set to offer Europe link for Rs 12,000

Mumbai: Long haul, low cost—the air travel game changer that has mainstreamed in Europe, the US, Southeast Asia and Australia is likely to debut in India in a year. These flights would not just be offered by Indian low-cost carriers (LCC), but also a couple of foreign airlines. If Indian LCCs SpiceJet and IndiGo delay launching long-haul international flights, Singapore Airlines' low-cost subsidiary, Scoot, might steal a march over them as it has a privilege that allows it to operate direct flights between India and Europe.
Called the "fifth freedom" rights, these permit a carrier to operate direct flights between two foreign countries. "Since we have fifth freedom, we can operate direct flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata to destinations like Copenhagen, Vienna, Cairo and Manchester," Bharath Mahadevan, head of Scoot in India, told TOI.
Scoot's lowest fare bucket for a one-way trip on, say, the Mumbai-Copenhagen route would be between Rs 12,000 and Rs 13,000, which includes the cost of a 20kg check-in bag and a meal. "A return trip to Europe would cost around Rs 26,000," said Mahadevan. Currently, the lowest fares on direct flights between India and Europe start at around Rs 45,000. Cheaper fares would be available on transit flights that halt in the Middle East.
03/09/17 Manju V/Times of India