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SpiceJet cuts fares to Rs 2699 for Dubai, Bangkok, Colombo

CHENNAI

Hurry and you may just be able to get dirt cheap prices to visit places like Dubai, Muscat, Colombo, Bangkok and Kathmandu SpiceJet is offering Rs 2,699 all-inclusive one-way fare offer to these places announced the airline on Thursday. But the booking window is just four days between March 19-22.

These tickets will be valid for travelling between March 19th to June 30th. Typically a Chennai-Colombo one-way ticket is Rs 5,588 for travel in mid-April while a ticket for travel in mid-May is lower at about Rs 4,000 “The sale is valid only for travel on direct flights to international destinations on SpiceJet’s network”, said the airline’s website.

The price cuts are already beginning to affect international fares. Return fares to are getting revised with Chennai-Colombo-Chennai fares going down by Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,500 They are currently between Rs 8,400 and Rs 9,000, range including taxes for travel in April and May. Return fares available online on Madurai-Dubai route are around Rs 13,500, while from Coimbatore it is between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,500.

The travel trade has been pleasantly surprised by this offer and say that this will lead to more fresh bookings, particularly to destinations in Southeast Asia and the Middle East in the next two months. Thomas Cook chief operating officer and head of corporate travel, Indiver Rastogi, said his team had seen a surge across international sector owing to such offer. “With international destinations trending well, including Thailand and Dubai, such timely offer add impetus to the international holiday demand this year by nudging the fence-sitter to book, may be even at higher fares,” he told Times of India.

Sharad Dhall, president of travel portal Yatra Online, said this was the first time such short discounted fares had been put up for sale by SpiceJet on international routes. “Foreign airlines sometimes come up with offer but this offer brings down the fare to the level of domestic rates. It will be interesting to see whether other airlines follow suit. The travel period of the offer is fixed to cover school holidays across the country,” he told TOI. “This will be an advantage for people yet to plan their holidays. We saw a good response to the offer on our website. But people will have to book quickly because seats offered may be limited,” he added.

Musafir Namah Bureau

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