Southeast Asian low-cost airline Scoot, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, already operating between India and Europe are in plans to drastically reduce the flying cost from India to Europe. This comes on the eve of increase in the number of travellers from India aiming to explore Europe in the near future.
Scoot plans to reduce the cost to between $190 (Rs.12000) and $200 (Rs.13000) for their Mumbai to Copenhagen route, that includes the cost of 20 Kg check-in bag and a mid-air meal. This comes as a boon for all travellers as they currently have to shell out between $625 (Rs.40000) to $780 (Rs.50000) for a long predated booking. Bharath Mahadevan, head of Scoot in India, told T.O.I that “A return trip to Europe would cost around $400 (Rs.26,000),” With an aim to reduce the flying cost by 60 percent, travellers flying from India to Europe are going to profit in numerous ways.
“A return trip to Europe would cost around $400 (Rs.26,000),”
Scoot has a unique ‘privilege’ to operate direct flights between two countries like India and any European country. The ‘fifth freedom’ rights allow a carrier to fly directly between two foreign countries. Mahadevan added that “Since we have fifth freedom, we can operate direct flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata to destinations like Copenhagen, Vienna, Cairo and Manchester”.
The cheapest booking option that will help you fly without any check-in baggage
The low-cost flying structure of Scoot is simple and efficient depending on the traveller’s needs, their cheapest booking option is called ‘Fly’ in which you can fly without any check-in baggage. ‘FlyBag’ option you can carry a 20 Kg check-in baggage and ‘FlyBagEat’ in which you along with ‘FlyBag’ you get a mid-air meal as well. Even the affluent are not left out they have a premium seating option called ‘ScootBiz’ with premium amenities.
Huge impact on the Indian low-cost airline services
Jaipur, Amritsar and Lucknow are the places where Scoot operates its international between Singapore and North India, a one-way trip to Singapore would cost around Rs.6000 only. Starting their operation in India only from 2nd of August 2017, Scoot has made a huge impact in the Indian low-cost airline services. Currently, they operate flights to Southeast Asian countries from Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi and Tiruchirappalli.
Increase in traffic to Europe in the near future
Indian low-cost airlines Spicejet and Indigo also have been eyeing to capitalize these routes for a long time and have expressed their interests to start operations to Europe in the near future. Jet Airways has started their services to Amsterdam from India for as low as $860 (Rs.55000) for a return journey and for a 3-month prior booking return would cost you around $550 (Rs.35000). Looking at these advances made by Indian low-cost airlines, we can see a future with an increase in traffic to Europe. Spicejet ordering a staggering 100 new flights for operation and Indigo showing interest in Air India’s international operations.
India’s population and growth in its middle-class economy will be the driving force for these advancements in low-cost airlines. Projecting to overtake China in population by 2022, Airliners domestic and International have been eyeing and rushing to cater the ever growing travel community in India.