Saturday, January 12, 2019

Emirates, British Airways, Etihad and other international airlines bet big on India for summer bonanza

New Delhi: Indian travellers have turned out to be the hottest bets for global carriers to jack up summer bookings.
Carriers with multiple connections across Asia, Europe and the US, such as Emirates, British Airways, Etihad, Qatar Airways and Oman Air, have zeroed in on Indian travellers with lucrative offers that are being cited as the best ever in the business.
Online travel agencies (OTAs) have seen about 15% spike in advance bookings for summer travel to international destinations and they expect more travellers to lap up these early bird discounts.
“Most of the large Gulf carriers have multiple connections across Asia, Europe and the US and these fares are designed to attract customers who are planning their summer vacations well in advance. These fares are at least 25% cheaper than the regular fares,” said John Nair, head of business travel at Cox & Kings. “The summer bookings for 2019 have been encouraging.”
The Emirates offer, for instance, valid for over 159 destinations during January 8-15 for travel between January 15 and November 30 is giving return trips to destinations such as Milan for about Rs 40,000, while a trip to Washington or New York could cost Rs 65,000- Rs 75,000.
12/01/19 Anumeha Chaturvedi/Mihir Mishra/Economic Times
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