New airliner AirAsia India on Tuesday sold 25,000 seats within 10 minutes after opening the promotion online for its first flight out of Bangalore to Goa priced less than Rs.1,000.
Advance booking of tickets under the AirAsia offer is open till June 8, 2014.
Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia India, Mittu Chandilya said, “We are very excited by the feedback we received from the market… We will revolutionize the Indian aviation industry with our quality services.”
All inclusive fares from as low as Rs 990 are available for booking on flights from Bangalore to Chennai, Chennai to Bangalore, Bangalore to Goa and Goa to Bangalore, the company said in a statement.
AirAsia India is set to begin its India operations from June 12 on the Bangalore-Goa route. AirAsia flights from Bangalore to Chennai commence on June 19, 2014.
Under a special offer, AirAsia is offering an all-in-fare of Rs. 990 on Bangalore-Chennai and Bangalore-Goa routes on tickets for travel between June 12 and October 25.
Soon the ripple effect forced other budget carriers IndiGo and SpiceJet to cut prices, sparking off a fresh fare war.
IndiGo has announced a special Re 1 base fare on the Bangalore-Chennai and Bangalore-Goa routes. “The no.1 airline brings you the lowest of low fares. Fly from BLR (Bangalore) to MAA (Chennai) & GOI (Goa) for just Re 1!.Taxes Extra. T&C apply,” IndiGo said in a tweet.
Similarly, SpiceJet has slashed its all-inclusive fare to Rs. 1,499 on the Bangalore-Chennai and Bangalore-Goa routes.
AirAsia India got its flying permit last month. Tata Group and investment firm Telestra Tradeplace are AirAsia’s partners in the Indian venture.
The airline plans to fly to 10 cities across the country with 10 aircraft this year.