Spicejet's b'day return gift: Fly for Rs 777
To celebrate its birthday, SpiceJet is offering a special base fare of just Rs 777 (excluding government taxes) for booking tickets on any of its network.
At a time when air fares are on fire compelling even the Parliament to intervene, here is some good news for travellers.
Spicejet is turning seven on 23 May and has planned a treat for the travelers.
To celebrate its birthday, SpiceJet is offering a special base fare of just Rs 777 (excluding government taxes) for booking tickets on any of its network. On this special fare, fuel surcharge will not be charged. The bookings for these special fares will be open on 23 May 2012 at 7 am and last till 77 minutes.
Chief Executive Officer Neil Mills said, "Our mission is to become India's preferred low-cost airline, delivering the lowest air fares with the highest consumer value, to price sensitive consumers. We hope to fulfill everyone's dream of flying. We invite all to enjoy this special offer on our 7th birthday."
Spicejet, which began operations on 23 May, 2005, has market share of 17 percent in India.
The discount comes as a boon. It is a busy season for airlines with summer vacations right around the corner and seasonal demand for flight tickets at its peak. But with major airlines like Kingfisher just operating 16 flights in the country, down from 64, and Air India pilots on a strike, air fares are on fire.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) also had stepped in and issued a formal warning, asking private airlines not to raise airfares beyond their band as cost of operating airlines have not seen any major rise in past couple of months.
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