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Dual pricing for Bangkok flight

By T.S. Shankar

CHENNAI, JULY 29. Under a code-share arrangement between Thai Airways and Air India (AI), a traveller can purchase a low fare AI ticket for travel from here to Bangkok by a Thai Airways flight, instead of a higher priced Thai Airways ticket.

Dual pricing is now available here and tickets are sold by authorised IATA travel agents.

According to travel trade sources here, a customer can get a return ticket for Rs.12,630. Thai Airways has allotted 60 seats to Air India. To fly in the same sector, Indian Airlines, which operates a tri-weekly Airbus-320 service, offers two differential prices — a return fare of Rs. 12,670 subject to availability of seats (10 a flight) and a Rs. 14,000 Directorate-General of Civil Aviation-approved fare valid for three months.

Thai Airways, which has a four-times-a-week Airbus-330 operation between Bangkok and Chennai, provides three levels of fare — Rs. 15,900, Rs. 16,900 and Rs. 17,900. On a discount offer valid on Tuesdays till September 28, one can get a return ticket for Rs.14,600 for the limited seats quota.

"We are concentrating on travellers flying beyond Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taipei and Seoul to help sustain the Bangkok-Chennai-Bangkok sector," explains a Thai Airways source.

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