Customers reap benefits of airlines’ price war on Kathmandu-Delhi route

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, April 5:

Thanks to the price-war among airlines operating in the Kathmandu-Delhi sector, passengers can now avail of cheaper flight tickets for the route. Airlines’ representatives say it is just a temporary marketing strategy to attract passengers.

The Royal Nepal Airlines Corporation (RNAC) says it was forced to introduce subsidiary rates following Cosmic Air’s cheaper offers. “The number of Indian tourists has declined considerably and we decided to introduce our offer in order to tap the inflow of Indian tourists, though we are not making any profit,” said RNAC marketing director Raju KC.

On a first-come-first-serve basis, the RNAC is offering one way tickets to Delhi from Kathmandu for Rs 3,000, Rs 4,300 and Rs 4,500. The offer is valid till May 31.

Cosmic Air has temporarily revised its Kathmandu-Delhi fare by bringing it down to Rs 2,400, while Indian Airlines is charging Rs 4,300. However, Cosmic Air claims to be a “budget airline” and says this is its introductory marketing strategy to attract passengers, and that they are not indulging in any kind of price-war.