While Indian carriers like SpiceJet and IndiGo are taking steps to launch low-priced services to Europe, Scoot, the subsidiary of Singapore Airlines is also trying to make inroads into the Indian market. Known as “fifth freedom’, the special rights permit a carrier to operate direct flights between two foreign countries”.
Scoot started direct flights between Lucknow and Singapore thrice a week from August 2 this year. A one-way no-frills trip to Singapore costs around Rs 6,000. For instance, the Mumbai-Copenhagen route would cost between Rs 12,000 and Rs 13,000, including the cost of a 20kg check-in bag and a meal, the report adds.
Indian travelers can look forward to easier and cheaper global voyages as many air service providers are aiming to launch low-priced direct flights between India and European countries.
As Scoot offers cheap prices for worldwide air travel, Indian airlines are looking at the market too. It also operates flights to Southeast Asian countries from Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi and Tiruchirappalli. Scoot had recently announced its merger with other low-priced carrier Tiger Air.
Market leader, IndiGo was eyeing the soon to be privatised national carrier, Air India’s global operations.
Indians may see their first low cost long haul flight making it all the way to Europe and back for a return ticket that would cost Rs 26,000 in 2017.
IndiGo and SpiceJet were also mulling over low cost long haul flights.
India’s largest airline IndiGo had expressed interest in operating long haul flights on global routes in Europe. InterGlobe Aviation, which operates the largest airline in India, had submitted an official Expression of Interest (EOI ) for acquiring the worldwide operations of Air India.
The Indian low-cost carriers too are moving forward with their plans to launch long haul flights at low rates.
India is all set to become the new big market for the “Low cost, long haul” air travel but the challenge will be to ensure the viability of the segment in the long run.