Here’s some great news for all those who were planning to travel through to the West in the near future: fares are set to hit rock bottom over the next two months or so. Airlines have slashed airfares from India to the US and Europe by a whopping 15-20 % thanks to the drop in leisure travellers at this time of the year, together with a huge addition in capacity. One sector that’s bound to be a big hit is the India-London one: even a year ago, there were 14 flights to London every week; now, India has over 100 flights a week to London. The US sector too has expanded with American Airlines and Continental introducing flights from Delhi. Air India, for instance, is now offering Delhi-London-Delhi for just Rs 16,000, and flights to New York for all of Rs 31,000. So, whereas two months ago, fares on American sector were in the Rs 45,000 plus taxes region, they’ve now nosedived to Rs 31,000-35,000 plus taxes. Likewise, Lufthansa and British Airways are offering the India to New York sectors for Rs 43,000 (a fall of Rs 10,000 from just two months ago). Not to be left behind, even Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic is going the discount way: it’s now offering India-US for Rs 30,400, and Delhi-London-Delhi for Rs 16,000 (the fare was Rs 20,000 two months ago). On the eastern side of the world, however, it’s a different story. Fares to South East Asia are all set to go up from October, as that is going to be the busiest season travel to that part of the world. Analysts feel that this season of good fortune for travelers may not last for too long as fares are likely to go up by December again.
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