Monday, July 08, 2019

Flying to US from Chennai to get cheaper

Chennai: Flying from Chennai to Far East and onward to the US may get better by end of the year, thanks to competition among airlines.
All Nippon Airways is gearing up to enter the Chennai-Asia-US sector with fullservice flights between Chennai and Tokyo, from where connections to the US are aplenty. Passengers will also have the option to hop via Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.

Sources said All Nippon has filed for slots with the DGCA for starting services in December. The most popular route to the US from Chennai now is via the Middle East and Europe, which is getting costlier due to demand. Return fares range from ₹80,000 to ₹95,000 to US cities via the Middle East. Industry sources said the fares of flights via Far East could be lesser by ₹10,000.

Waking up to competition, Singapore Airlines is planning to introduce full-service flights between Chennai and Singapore by this year end. The airline currently operates its low-cost carrier Scoot Airways in the sector. “They are likely to introduce three flights between Chennai and Singapore to cater to passengers who fly beyond Singapore to the US and Australia,” said an airport official. This will further reduce fares.
08/07/19 Times of India

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