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Air Deccan to slash fares further

CHENNAI, JAN. 11. While the stakeholders of the travel-trade and tourism industry in the Southern region have welcomed the fillip to the civil aviation sector provided by the recent Central sops, the Bangalore-based first low-cost airline, Air Deccan, already operating 38 flights a day offering 50 per cent discounted fares, has decided to slash its fares further.

"Our dreams to make air travel not only affordable to the common man but help to connect the unconnected towns and metros are coming true," said G.R. Gopinath, Managing Director.

With the introduction of three more services from Chennai to Coimbatore, Madurai, and Hyderabad, Capt. Gopinath said the revised discounted fare to Coimbatore from Chennai would be Rs.2,250 against Rs.2,500 and in the Bangalore sector, it would be Rs.1,530. Welcoming the concessions to the aviation sector, D. Sudhakara Reddy, President, Air Passengers Association of India, wanted the airline industry to pass on the benefits of excise duty cut on the aviation turbine fuel to passengers.

Pointing out that after a long time, the civil aviation sector has started to get its due attention from the Central Government, Mr.Reddy urged the Union Civil Aviation Minister, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, to expeditiously implement the already announced decision of permitting private domestic carriers to fly to South Asian countries, especially Sri Lanka.

Sylvester Thomas, Vice-President, Travel Agents Association of India, said. "We expect at least a 20 per cent increase in air travel in the light of the reduction in fares. The TAAI appeals to the State Governments to come out with similar pro-active measures to further stimulate the travel sector".

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