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Will the low cost airlines if spread all over the country a boon for the common people. Your views?

Asked by Good Citizen, 25 Feb '10 11:26 am
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Good Citizen, I am really a champion of budget airlines but it is not really a phenominon in India as it is in the US. To really take advantage of low cost airlines as a solution 4 the masses, the price of the air ticket should be less than 15 percent of a person's monthly wage at least. That condition holds true in the US but unfortunately doesn't hold in India- not yet.

In the US, u can get a budget carrier like SouthWest ticket for as less as USD 199 from coast 2 coast. That is 200 USD, and that price falls within the bracket of even the lowest wage per month. The lowest per annum salaries in the US amount to USD 15,000. That is sort of bare above poverty lines. That comes to USD 1250 a month and the 199 USD falls well under the 15 percent price of the ticket.

In India, our "mass" national income per unit time is not yet proportional with the price of an air ticket. In the past, air tickets were usable by upper tier only. Now they r usable by upper and upper middle tiers, wi ...more
Answered by A Moin, 25 Feb '10 01:01 pm

 
  
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I do not think so since air travel is still not so convenient for majority. Even though fares are comparable to train fares, connectivity, convenience and time factor are the major hurdles to make it a mass transport on the lines of railways. To give one example, a lot of people used to travel by air from Bangalore to Chennai and vice versa before the opening of new BIA which is about 30 KM away from downtown Bangalore. But now, the same passengers use train instead of planes to travel to and from Bangalore and Chennai. The reasons: The new airport is not nearby and it costs to travel to new airport both in terms of money and travel time. Whereas railway station is in down town and you save both on time and transportation. However, as the economy grows rapidly and as the cities grow bigger and better, air travel by low cost airlines may give a stiff competition to the railways unless all the money is concentrated in a few pockets as on today. If Aam Admi remains Am Admi forever, low co ...more
Answered by Tony Fernandez, 25 Feb '10 12:23 pm

 
  
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