Emirate follows domestic carriers, offers cut-fare window for foreign travel

Following the lead of India's domestic airlines, international carriers are also providing cut-fare windows for travellers out of India in what is considered the civil aviation industry's off-season.

Emirate Airline, the Dubai-based carrier, has dropped fares on key routes from India by 10 per cent for travel between 1 June and 21 July. The destinations covered include London, New York, Istanbul, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, Milan and San Francisco.

"Emirates has announced a special one-week sale between 19 and 25 May. Discounts of up to 10 per cent are available for passengers booking economy-class fares for a range of destinations across Africa, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East from any of the 10 Indian destinations Emirates flies from," the airline said in a release.

Other airlines such as Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines are expected to follow the trend. Air India too should be looking at low-fare windows.

Emirates is offering a round trip to London at Rs44,349. For Istanbul the fare offer is Rs40,052; and for New York and back it is Rs56,772. A return ticket to Milan will cost Rs44,728.

Emirates operates in 10 cities in India, which include, Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolakata, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi.