Wednesday, January 23, 2019

UAE-India fares set to fall as Air India Express adds more flights

Dubai: India's budget carrier Air India Express has decided to 'consciously' reduce airfares from the GCC sector to Kannur after complaints from customers about exorbitant fares on those routes.

Speaking to Khaleej Times on the sidelines of a press meet announcing the airline's plans to launch services to Surat and expand operations from the recently launched Kannur airport, chief executive office of Air India Express, K Shyam Sundar, said Kannur-Sharjah services will be increased to a daily service from the present four weekly flights.

"After considering customer feedback that the fares to Kannur were considerably higher than other airports in the sector (Kozhikide, Mangalore), AIE has made a conscious decision to reduce flight fares by enhancing daily services from Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Kuwait, Doha, and Riyadh," he said.

"There will be two more flights on Mondays and Fridays, bringing the total flights on the Kannur-Abu Dhabi sector to five flights per week," he explained, "Price reduction is a function of demand and supply, as the supply increases the prices will come down. The price surge from Kannur happened simply because of the novelty of its launch. The seats were taken very quickly and the launch took place during the peak flying season (December)."
23/01/19 Dhanusha Gokulan/Khaleej Times