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Indian cuts fares from UAE to S India

Published on: Monday, 23rd March 2009 00:00 AM     By      Administrator

Dubai: India's national carrier ‘Indian’ is offering fares matching budget carriers but with all the frills of a regular airline on all its flights to Kerala and Bangalore from the UAE under a special scheme.
The airline is offering tickets for 259 dirhams (around Rs.3,453) plus taxes one-way under the M-class on its flights from Dubai and Sharjah to Thiruvanthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode and Bangalore between Nov 16 and March 31, 2009.
Return fares are being offered at 519 dirhams (around Rs.6,905) plus taxes under Indian's Slim Fares scheme.
The airline's move comes following requests from UAE Indians to reduce fares given the rising cost of living here.
"We have been getting requests from expatriate Indians here to reduce fares," Riyadh Shah, Indian's assistant travel manager in the UAE, told IANS here.
"We spoke with our authorities in India and following a directive have introduced the new fares," he said.
There are around 1.5 million Indians in the UAE and a large number of them hail from Kerala and Karnataka.
Shah said the M-class ticket would be offered on a first-come-first-serve basis.
"There are 35 M-class seats in a flight and these will be offered on first-come-first-serve basis on ticketing and not on booking," Shah said. "But if the tickets are cancelled, only the tax will be refunded."
Indian country manager in the UAE Anand Kumar Pandey told the Gulf News daily that the new fares would be available during the festive seasons of Eid-Al-Azha and Christmas.
"Fares are offered in the same range as the budget carriers. Meals, beverages, and baggage allowance, all will be available," he said, adding that this was the lowest fare offered by the airline in this sector.
Source: Indo-Asian News Service