Thursday, June 28, 2018

Emirates hikes fares, Vistara sweetens deal

Mumbai: With aviation turbine fuel prices shooting up by 40% in the past 18 months, airlines have increased various fees or introduced new ones to tide over the rising costs. The latest airline to make flying costlier is Dubai-based Emirates. Indian full service carrier Vistara, on the other, has put out an incentive to attract more passengers toward its higher priced refundable fare or flexi fare.
Effective June 28, fuel surcharge on a one-way economy class ticket on Emirates will be up by USD 20, on business class USD 40 and first class USD 50. A return ticket then would attract double the fees.
Currently, under the fare break-up, Emirates doesn't list fuel surcharge separately.
Vistara, on the other hand, introduced a "no-show fee" for passengers booked on flexi fare or refundable tickets. No-show is when a passenger changes/cancels a booking less than two hours before departure. Till now, such passengers would forfeit their base fare even if they had booked a flexi or refundable ticket.
28/06/18 Manju V/Times of India
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