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Indian air fare war begins

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spice jet Budget carrier IndiGo Tuesday started promotional air fares by offering discounted one-way fares starting at a low of Rs.999 (all inclusive one-way fare), a day after SpiceJet started its offer of Rs.499 one-way charge.

According to IndiGo, its Delhi-Japiur flight is priced at Rs.999 one-way, follwoed by Rs.1,399 Srinagar-Chandigarh. The fares go all the way upto Rs.4,829 for Bangalore-Delhi.

The fares are applicable for booking in 90 days in advance.

IndiGo’s offer follows that of SpiceJet which Monday launched a promotional scheme by offering discounted one-way fares for domestic destinations at Rs.499, including fuel surcharge but excluding applicable statutory taxes and fees.

Under SpiceJet’s offer tickets can be booked between Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2014, for travel between Jan 16 and Oct 24 2015.

“While the number of travelers opting for air travel during holidays has increased over the years, with the introduction of early bird sale, this number will only grow further,” said Kaneswaran Avili, chief commercial officer, SpiceJet.

“This early bird sale will encourage customers to make their holiday plans well in advance and save on travel costs at the same time.”