Air fares go into a tailspin, down 30% from last March

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The domestic air traveller hasn’t had it this good in over a year. Those who book for April or even the beginning of May can expect to bag fares almost 20% to 30% lower than those in March last year. April and May-beginning are usually lean travel months. Airfares for travel in April, even weekends, are already lower than the usual fares during lean months.

A search on Saturday through major online travel portals throws up a one-way fare of Rs 4,600 from Mumbai to Delhi on a weekend. The return on Monday morning is as cheap as Rs 4,300. A Mumbai-to-Delhi ticket, a few months ago, would cost at least Rs 6,000.

A Mumbai-to-Kolkata flight ticket for April could cost Rs 4,700. Another usually expensive destination, Chennai, comes for as low as Rs 4,100 for April. Usually, a one-way fare to the capital of Tamil Nadu costs at least Rs 6,500. Similarly, fares to Bangalore, Hyderabad and Goa are all available between Rs 2,700 and Rs 3,000.

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