Travellers planning to book train tickets for the summer holidays now have the option of flying either Air India or Jet Airways, which are offering discounted domestic fares.

On Thursday, Jet Airways joined the fare war that Air India kicked off on Wednesday.

The airline sent out a mail to the travel community saying that it had launched a ‘Special 60-day advance purchase fares on domestic flights’ of Jet Airways and JetKonnect.

The level of discounts that Jet Airways and its low-cost subsidiary are offering was, however, not too clear.

The airline’s Web site is offering a special one-way all inclusive fare of Rs 5,775 for travel between Delhi and Thiruvanthapuram, while a one-way trip between Kochi and Delhi is available for Rs 5,167, if the booking is made at least 60 days in advance. A JetKonnect flight on the same route, which will see a passenger travel Delhi-Bangalore-Thiruvanthapuram is available for Rs 8,852.

Similarly, a Delhi-Hyderabad flight booked on the Web 60 days before the journey is available for Rs 4,978 on Jet Konnect, while on Jet Airways the same flight is available for Rs 5,513.

A Delhi-Chennai flight is priced at Rs 5,775 on Jet Airways.

Meanwhile, IndiGo, the Delhi-based low-cost airline said it would not join the price war. Asked if IndiGo, too, would lower its fares, an airline spokesperson said, “We always provide affordable fares.”

Travel agents pointed out that the IndioGo booking model follows a system that provides the lowest fare to travellers booking well in advance.

ashwini.phadnis@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on March 14, 2013)
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