Dubai: Indian Airlines has slashed fares to most of the Indian destinations from Dubai at a time airlines are hiking the fares to meet the exorbitant cost of fuel.
Indian Airlines and Air India together operate 19 flights daily from Dubai and Sharjah to Indian destinations.
With the reduced fares, one-way ticket from Dubai to a destination in Kerala costs Dh 790, taxes included, down from Dh 900. A single journey to New Delhi and Mumbai, too, is costing 790 against the previous Dh 1,070 and Dh 880, respectively [One Dirham (DH) is Rs 11].
Passengers flying from Sharjah to any Indian destination also stand to benefit from the reduced fares as Sharjah-Mumbai ticket price has come down to Dh 690 from Dh 840, while Sharjah-New Delhi ticket price is down to Dh 740 from Dh 1,070.
However, the fare to Bangalore remains untouched at Dh 840 from both Dubai and Sharjah.
Anand Pande, Country Manager of Indian Airlines, told Khaleej Times that even though the rising fuel prices are affecting the operational costs of the airline, Indian Airlines has reduced the prices with an eye on an increased volume.
Indian expatriates in the UAE have welcomed the airline's reduced fares.