India’s largest domestic airline, IndiGo, will finally commence its first international flight from Bangalore when it starts operating to Dubai from December 15th.
An announcement on the airline’s website shows the schedule of IndiGo’s flights between Bangalore and Dubai.
6E 95 departs Bangalore at 07:20 arrives Dubai 09:50
6E 96 departs Dubai at 10:50 arrives Bangalore 16:20
IndiGo fares Bangalore Dubai round-trip
There are no special fares announced, but a quick check of fares for Bangalore to Dubai on December 15 returning on January 15, 2015 returned the fare below:
|Taxes and Fees|
|Passenger Service Fee||147|
|User Development fee||1,538|
|Government Service Tax||745|
|Advance Passenger information fee||84|
|Dubai Passenger Service Charge||1,253|
|Dubai Passengers Security and Safety Fee||84|
|Total Fare Bangalore to Dubai||11,110|
|Total Fare Dubai to Bangalore||7,783|
A search for fares on low cost carrier Air Arabia for the same travel dates revealed a fare of Rs 24,496.65 for a round-trip between Bangalore and Sharjah located very close to Dubai.
Better late than never
Though highly delayed, this is a welcome move by IndiGo. Till now passengers had very few low cost options to Dubai. IndiGo will surely tap the bargain hunters. The most directly impacted will be Air Arabia. Dubai-based Emirates which is the largest foreign carrier at Bangalore with three daily wide-body flights will also feel the pinch, but its target segment is more of the corporate traveller who dominates Bangalore’s passenger traffic by a large margin. Nonetheless, how it reacts to the newcomer will be interesting to see.
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A hat-tip to our regular reader Shree for the heads-up