New Air Deccan flights in Dec

Mumbai, Nov 28 | Updated: Nov 29 2004, 05:30am hrs
After changing the price dynamics by launching its Mumbai-Delhi service, low-cost airline Air Deccan is now set to launch its flights to Mumbai and Kolkata from Chennai starting December 3 and December 10 respectively. Out of the total 180 seats on board, 40 seats will be priced between Rs 500-1,500 while the rest will be priced between Rs 2,500-5,500 per seat, Air Deccan managing director GR Gopinath said.

The upper end of the air-fares on both these sectors would be around 50% of the existing tariff levied by the competitive service providers, Capt Gopinath added. The current fares by the other airlines are at Rs 11,000 per seat.

However, travel agents said while the normal fares on these routes by other competitive airlines hover around Rs 10,000, the apex fares of these airlines are around Rs 6,000. Moreover, Air Deccans new flights may not affect the other airlines very badly due to the increased traffic on these routes, agents said.

Air Deccan will also take delivery of five more aircraft next month, taking its fleet size to 15. The new aircraft will be deployed on new sectors including Agra, Dehradun, Kanpur, Amritsar, from Delhi along with Mumbai-Nashik. Seats on these sectors will be priced at Rs 1,800-2,000 per seat, Capt Gopinath said.

A few more sectors would include Bhopal-Jabalpur, Agra-Jaipur among others.

We will also be launching Mumbai-Coimbatore daily service in the first week of December, Capt Gopinath added.

The airline is also close to ink its deal for the private placement of its equity. A formal announcement could be expected in 2-3 weeks, he said.

Air Deccan is a unit of Deccan Aviation Private Limited, Indias largest private heli-charter company. The company is known for its lean-and-mean approach, with an accent on aggressive pricing.