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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Air India Express To Connect Chennai & Singapore

Chennai finally joins the list of cities which are connected by international budget carriers. Air India Express, the only Indian international budget carrier has been flying between the Middle East and God's own country for sometime now. Even Sidin had an hilarious post on his experience onboard an Air India Express flight to Abu Dhabi. Although Air India Express had expressed interest in flying to destinations in South East Asia, it is commencing operations on the Chennai - Singapore route only from this month end. JetStar Asia, a popular budget airline, already operates on the Bangalore - Singapore route.

A quick glance through the Air India Express site shows that return fares hover around SGD 575, when compared to the SGD 700 - 900 fares offered by full service airlines. Given that the budget carriers impose restrictions like lesser weight allowance, no / limited free food and date change penalties, the fare difference may not be big enough to cause a shift from a full service airline to a budget airline. However, if AIE fares plunge south (below SGD 500), it would be a runaway success.

BTW, if Indian decides to start a budget carrier, would it name it Indian Express?

8 Comments:

  • ha,there it is finally. Are the fares a bit high now since its the school holiday season in SG soon ? Anyway its good to have another alternative.

    By Blogger Cogito, at 5:01 PM  

  • Ha, that's a good one!

    By Anonymous Ravi, at 6:28 PM  

  • ah how i wish they start one between namma chennai and dubaiii

    By Anonymous godo, at 9:28 PM  

  • Indian express!! bet you couldn't resist the PJ :)

    By Blogger Giri, at 11:21 PM  

  • hey did u finally get that asia award thingy?

    By Blogger Nandhu, at 3:49 AM  

  • u could name it as chennai local... as u said if there is not much of a difference SQ would be a better deal :)

    By Blogger smiley, at 8:40 PM  

  • Nice. Now if Indian airline companies could just improve their websites! They look like they are frozen in 1995


    -Amit
    http://www.ipatrons.com

    By Anonymous Amit, at 6:49 AM  

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