Rome and back is just Rs.15,000 (plus tax) and to London and back via Dubai is Rs.18,500 before tax. Traveling to Europe is perhaps never so cheaper.
What takes? The reason is that several airlines have now started operating from Kolkata, and so the capacity increase has caused the fares to nosedive.
The Rome trip is however from Delhi, but EuroFly (better known as the erstwhile Alitalia) that has launched Delhi-Rome direct flight thrice a week has tied up with Kingfisher for passengers from Kolkata to Delhi, and this is inclusive in their offer.
Not to be left behind, Lufthansa, the German airline, has slashed the price of round trip to Frankfurt from Kolkata to Rs.18,500 excluding tax, down from Rs.21,500. Same fare is being offered by Emirates minus tax for flying to London via Dubai.
Not to be outdone, the very Indian Jet Airways commences daily flights to Bangkok from Kolkata today for a fare of Rs.6,500 without tax in economy class. A similar schedule is planned from Delhi too for Rs.13,500.
Clearly, the wooing is exciting. While most of these fares are valid till March 31, it’s to be seen if the number of tourists increases, lured by such attractive pricing. The travel agents in Kolkata hope there’ll be at least 5% upside in their number. If so, will the fares remain this cheap?
Let’s keep our fingers crossed on that. [Read more]