Fly Mumbai-Goa-Mumbai on low-cost carrier Air Deccan this weekend for Rs 19,500 or Delhi-London on British Airways for Rs 16,330.
In the run-up to the year-end, domestic air fares this season are literally sky high, reflecting an unprecedented shortage in supply in select sectors. Ironically, economy fares on Indiaâ€™s first low-cost carrier Air Deccan are currently higher than those charged by full-service carriers like Jet Airways and Indian Airlines. While through the year you could travel Mumbai-Goa-Mumbai for around Rs 5,000 on a low-cost carrier, Jet Airways is currently offering the sector for Rs 12,205, Kingfisher Airlines has priced it slightly lower at Rs 10,300. And executive class travel on Indian Airlines on the route would cost Rs 14,440.
Other low-cost carriers arenâ€™t far behind. On SpiceJet, a return ticket on the route would set you back by Rs 10,848, and on GoAir by Rs 6,450.
Low-cost carriers, especially Air Deccan, have been offering huge concessional fares with tickets priced at Rs 2, Rs 3, Rs 6 and Rs 9 this year, while SpiceJet and GoAir gave promotional offers worth Rs 99 and Rs 500. According to the latest figures, low-cost carriers have a market share of 43% in the overall domestic air pie.
Clearly, the al-Qaida threat to target foreigners in Goa, especially Israeli tourists, has had little impact on the foreign tourist inflow.
Hotel industry sources in Goa told FE that occupancies are at 100% as usual and room rates are up by over 10% across the state, compared to last year.