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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Jet Set Go

After a long wait, Jet has launched direct services between Singapore and Chennai. Jet has been operating on the Chennai – KL sector and Mumbai – Singapore sector for sometime now. This will be the fourth airline that offers direct flights between Chennai and Singapore.

When Jet launched their Mumbai – Singapore flight and when Sahara launched Delhi – Singapore flights, they offered promo fares in the range of S$ 550. However Jet’s initial price for the Chennai – Singapore segment has been put at $800 - $850. The fact that they are launching the service during the peak season might be one the reason for the high pricing. Further, Jet plans to offer connecting flights to other Southern metros like Madurai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Bangalore etc.


Although Jet’s entry is a welcome move, their timing seems to be inappropriate. The onward flight and the return flight are during the day and hence not many people would prefer the same. However if people are looking for connections to other southern metros (which may not have direct flight to S'pore or may not have daily flight to S'pore), then they might go for Jet. Jet’s move to offer SIN – Delhi flights via Chennai is quite confusing. If a Delhi bound passenger has some work in Chennai, he/she might prefer this (in case a break of journey is allowed). I don’t think anyone would like to spend 10 hours for a journey from Singapore to Delhi. The fare for the SIN-DEL-SIN (via Chennai) doesn’t come cheap (S$1125). I hope Jet tweaks its timings and provides better fares to make a mark in this lucrative segment.

6 Comments:

  • None of the airlines, will offer a cheaper rates for Chennai exclusively. Being a profitable sector, they will try to maximise during the peak season.. The lowest what I had observed for "direct flights" is around 650-700.

    By Blogger Ram.C, at 2:30 PM  

  • Ah well... the start of budget flights to India is atleast a welcome relief. I flew Jetstar Asia to Calcutta this year, and I think it was soooooo worth the 450 bucks. It was like a free holiday which I didnt budget for!
    (SQ used to cost me 900 sgd...)

    By Blogger Casablanca, at 4:55 PM  

  • but the connection flights too don't come cheap. A return flight to Madurai cost 2k+. Don't think we can expect cheap flights in this sector.

    By Blogger PVS, at 6:41 PM  

  • Jet offers $690 thru travel agents. If you travel in groups (min. two), the price is bound to go even cheaper. All this is a part of the promo fares.

    Related news: Srilankan offers tickets to chennai at a throw away price of $550 - i promptly grabbed it. This, once again is a promo price to stay competitive against the increasin no. of flights to chennai. This is offered only if u travel on selected dates in december. Besides, Srilankan offers the best service compared to all flights that fly to chennai, and flights frm colombo - chennai have also seemingly increased so that the stop over is not more than 30 mins...

    By Blogger Chennai chatter, at 9:36 PM  

  • Ivvalavu flights and options. Pogadhaan Vazhi ille ;-)
    Donors please contact ME ASAP ;-)

    By Blogger Thayirsaadham, at 10:18 PM  

  • Ram,
    your observation is right

    @Casablanca,
    I heard jetstar asia is gonna start flying to bangalore soon. hope other budget carriers target other indian cities as well

    @PVS,
    A think a return tkt to madurai / trichy / coimbatore will be less than $1000

    @Chennai chatter,
    i get what u are saying. i missed out the group ticketing promo fares in my post. agree with ur observation on SriLankan service

    @TS,
    :-)

    By Blogger Kaps, at 11:15 PM  

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