SpiceJet, other Indian carriers raise fares
Low cost carrier SpiceJet has raised fares by 30-40 percent, as unsustainable lower tariffs have failed to spur demand as expected, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.”The kind of fares seen in January would have required each airline to have a load factor of over 100 percent for break-even,” Deepa Dey said over the telephone from Bangalore.
The move come alongside hikes and similar statements by larger peers like Kingfisher Airlines and Jet Airways, and less than two months after most carriers cut fares on cooling fuel prices and to attract more passengers.
But the fare cuts have failed to boost traffic, Dey said.
Analysts had said in December, when airlines announced a round of price cuts, that deep cuts would not be sustainable.
Kingfisher on Tuesday said it had eliminated the lower-end fares on flights that could “sustain higher revenue” and would focus on earning revenue and not increasing seat factors.