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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:19 pm 
Flying to Singapore cheaper than making trip to Delhi

Bangalore: Airfares plunging on the southeast Asian, west Asian and south Asian sectors have made flying to these foreign destinations cheaper than air travel within the country.

Budget carriers Air Asia, Tiger Airways, Air Arabia, Air India Express (AIE) and others are offering fares as low as Rs3,000 per passenger from south Indian destinations like Kochi, Trivandrum, Chennai and Tiruchirappali to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Penang.

For instance, Malaysian no-frill carrier Air Asia has come out with promotional offers that peg its fare at Rs3,169 between Kochi and Kuala Lumpur.

This is 41% lower than the lowest air ticket price on SpiceJet’s Delhi-Mumbai flight on March 26 of Rs5,374 plus taxes.

And it’s not just Air Asia which is offering discounted fares to push up demand. Its rivals are matching their fares to its offer.
V Chandrasekhar, senior manager (corporate communication), Air India, said his airline’s low cost subsidiary Air India Express, which flies to same routes as Air Asia and other overseas budget carriers was offering similar fares.

“We (AIE) have kept our prices at par with other low cost airlines to compete with them,” he said.

Deep Kalra, founder and CEO of travel portal MakeMyTrip said
fares have hit rock bottom in the past one month due to rise in low fare capacity on these sectors.

“There is clearly pressure on fares on these routes because there is a lot more capacity on them today than a few months back. Many new flights have been launched on these sectors. Kingfisher and Jet have recently launched flights and they will be adding more. Air Asia and Tiger have also been putting additional capacity,” he said.

Kalra said the current fares are around 20% lower than what was being offered by an international flight operator during the same time last year. “These are promotional or introductory fares to spur demand on new routes but are intensifying price competition on the sector,” he said.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:28 am 
www.petitiononline.com/ekdxbtrz/

i have signed the petition. request all of you to sign.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:58 pm 
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http://www.indiatodayonline.com/tiger-airways-to-expand-flights-to-trichy-and-cochin, 1-5-2010. :D



what is 1-5-2010 ??


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:21 pm 
Low-cost goes foreign: SpiceJet and IndiGo cleared to fly abroad.

Over a month after they applied, the decks have been cleared for an in-principle approval to low-cost carriers IndiGo and SpiceJet to fly abroad.

The Sunday Express has learnt that the Civil Aviation Ministry has given its go-ahead and procedural formalities will now be completed by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

While SpiceJet completes its stipulated five years of domestic operations on May 23, IndiGo meets this condition only on August 4, 2011.

Both wanted time to get their requisite infrastructure in place — and approach foreign governments — so they moved requests for in-principle approvals.

Until now, Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines are the only two private carriers flying abroad. When the government first gave its nod for private carriers to fly abroad, only Jet Airways and the former Air Sahara were eligible. However, Jet took over Air Sahara and similarly, Kingfisher Airlines benefited from Air Deccan’s rights, once it qualified, after the merger.

The criteria laid down for a private carrier to be eligible for consideration to fly abroad is a five-year track record of uninterrupted domestic operations with a minimum fleet size of 20 aircraft. Both these airlines already have the necessary fleet size and will, in due course, meet other criteria. Taking note of this, sources said, the government agreed to give in-principle clearances.

While Jet, Kingfisher and Air India have faced heavy losses over the past few years due to high operation costs, IndiGo and SpiceJet have been among the better performers and even generated some operating profits. Both these airlines have a little over 20 aircraft in their fleet with IndiGo planning to acquire some more aircraft this year.

Unlike Jet and Kingfisher, the two airlines are not looking at long haul operations to Europe and the US. Restricting themselves to a fleet of narrow-bodied aircraft — SpiceJet has a predominantly Boeing 737s-800 while IndiGo has Airbus 320s — the two airlines have targeted the South Asia region and slightly beyond.

In fact, SpiceJet, which plans to start operations from June 1, is looking only at Kathmandu, Dhaka and Colombo to begin with even though its earlier plans included the Middle-East. IndiGo is looking not just at the SAARC region but also ASEAN and Middle-East.

Government sources pointed out that in the past few years there has been a proliferation of low-cost carriers in these sectors, particularly from the Gulf. Relatively new carriers like Air Arabia, Jazeera Airways, Mihin airlines of Sri Lanka, UAE-based RAK Airways and now even FlyDubai airlines — some with even less than five years of domestic experience — have made a significant impact on the market. Most of these are clocking over 80 per cent passenger load factor.

Delaying the entry of better established Indian low-cost carriers, sources said, may see the market move decisively in favour of foreign airlines like these. Given that India has worked hard over the past few years to either rework or negotiate afresh its air bilateral agreements to cater for multiple designation of airlines, operationalising these decisions may be less cumbersome than when it was first implemented.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:36 pm 
Guest wrote:
http://www.indiatodayonline.com/tiger-airways-to-expand-flights-to-trichy-and-cochin, 1-5-2010. :D


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:35 pm 
http://www.indiatodayonline.com/tiger-a ... and-cochin, 1-5-2010. :D


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:58 am 
http://trichyflights.com


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:43 am 
FlyDubai finally granted access rights to India

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FlyDubai gets nod to operate flights in the Indo-Gulf sector
23 Mar 2010, 0053 hrs IST, Nirbhay Kumar, ET Bureau

NEW DELHI: Flying to Dubai could soon become a lot cheaper as the civil aviation ministry has decided to allow the UAE-based budget carrier

FlyDubai to operate flights from various Indian destinations. The airline had earlier announced Rs 4,700 (inclusive of taxes) fares on Lucknow-Dubai sector, but could not launch operation as it failed to receive regulatory approval from Indian aviation authorities.

The fares on the lucrative Gulf route offered by FlyDubai are nearly half to those offered by another low-cost airline Air India Express and one third of the fares offered by full-service carrier Emirates.

“We would allow FlyDubai to operate from here in a calibrated manner. Its presence should not affect Indian carriers which are already struggling to survive,” a senior civil aviation ministry official said.

FlyDubai plans to start flights from Lucknow, Chandigarh and Kozhikode to Dubai from this summer.

With huge non-resident Indian (NRI) traffic on the India-Gulf sector, airlines from both sides have been adding capacity on these routes. For example, Emirates operate nearly 52,000 seats per week on India-Dubai route out of total seat entitlements of 54,000 seats to airlines from Dubai.

“India-Dubai is very price conscious market. An airline offering lower fare would gain market share,” Amadeus India managing director Ankur Bhatia said.

Following the global financial crisis, which severely hit air traffic and forced Indian carriers rationalise operation, the aviation ministry has been very reluctant in offering foreign carriers more seats to fly to and from India. It has hardly negotiated bilateral traffic right with any country since 2009.

“Apart from Qatar and Nepal, we have not agreed to any other country for more seat entitlements to their designated carriers. While the air service agreement with Qatar was part of a larger bilateral co-operation, we negotiated more seats with Nepal on request of Indian carriers,” the official said.

Nearly 40% of international air traffic from India is to the Gulf and Middle East countries such as Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. As per an estimate, over 6 million Indians, especially from Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, work in these countries.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...ow/5713653.cms

I wish they start services to Trichy as well. People have been petitioning Fly Dubai to start service to Trichy. Now that they got the nod to start servicing India, they should right away include Trichy in their port of call.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:32 pm 
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let paramount airways first gives better connectivity within India, this airline couldn't resume the morning connectivity from Trichy to Chennai and Chennai to Ahmadabad & always have late arrivals.
It is not even having connectivity with mumbai to any part of Indian cities & how they can plan for international routes. Two years before chairman of paramount airways told in a interview they will add new routes from trichy to mumbai & kochi. Let them first think of strong domestic market & than plan for international routes.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 2:16 pm 
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PARAMOUNT AIRWAYS EYES ON INDIA-GULF SKIES

The India-Gulf sector, one of the busiest international aviation routes in the region, will see more competition with Paramount Airways, a premium Indian carrier, planning operations to the UAE and Qatar later this year.
“We will start our international operations in the last quarter of 2010,” M. Thiagarajan, the founder and managing director of the airline, told Khaleej Times on Tuesday. “We plan operating flights to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah ?and Doha.”
The airline, with only business-class seats, has placed orders for 10 Airbus A-321 aircraft, to enable it to launch its international operations. Thiagarajan says the airline will also operate flights to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Mauritius, besides the two Gulf countries.


Paramount doesn't have money to pay for leased aircraft and it will soon close down its operations.


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