With more international airlines charting Kochi on their
navigation maps, flying to the Gulf, especially to the
Dubai sector, has become cheaper by around Rs 3,000 for
rates are likely to slide further down in the coming months
with at least three more airlines revving up for a take-off
to Kochi. The trend has even forced a conservative Air-India
to re-look into their fare structure to retain their supremacy
in the Kerala-Gulf corridor.
many agents were selling tickets cheaper than the rates
on record by compromising on their commission, the competition
surfaced this week after Qatar Airlines announced its
inaugural offer. Aviation sources say Qatar is offering
Rs 8,000 for travelling one-way from Kochi to Dubai.
to bite the bait was Oman Air, which immediately lowered
its fare to Rs 9,500 from Rs 10,600. The sources add that
the airline may further reduce it by Rs 1,500 to match
the Qatar competition.
further reduction by another 10-12 per cent by all airlines
is also likely as the industry is expecting Sri Lankan
Airlines, which will commence its Nedumbassery operations
by mid-April 2003, to announce a lower fare to mark its