Air India to Cut Outbound Travel Fares

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAccording to news reports, outbound travel from India is set to get cheaper with Air India Ltd looking to lower fares on stopover flights to stave off competition from the Jet Airways-Etihad Airways duo on long-haul routes to the Americas and Europe. A senior executive from Air India said, “While we will continue to charge a premium in non-stop flights, we will offer competitive rates for destinations where we have even one stop-over,” the report quoted.

A rejigged fare structure would enable Air India to boost load factors in international sectors where it is expected to face intense competition from the Jet-Etihad combine, once the stake sale is completed.

In the India-US sector, Air India operates 15 stopover flights between Mumbai and Chicago, and Mumbai and New York. It also operates 16 flights from New Delhi to Newark via Mumbai, with added stopovers in five flights at Indore, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaipur and Aurangabad.

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