Air India, SpiceJet, IndiGo offer cheap fares starting Rs809

National flag carrier Air India has joined some of the private sector carriers such as SpiceJet and IndiGo to offer cheap flights to starting at Rs809 to attract flyers during the lean Monsoon season.

Various airlines on Tuesday announced fare discounts through a "Monsoon Sale" scheme for select sectors in the economy class for travel on both domestic as well as on the international sectors.

"Under this offer, available from 9 to 15 August  2016, Air India flyers can book tickets at amazingly low fares starting at Rs1,199 (all-inclusive one-way fare) and Rs15,999 (all inclusive) on select domestic and international sectors, respectively," the national carrier said in a statement.

The airline said the offer can be availed on more than 250 domestic sectors for travel between 22 August and 30 September, both days inclusive.

"On the International network, the sale is valid on select return flights (originating in India) for a travel between 15 September and 15 December 2016 (both days inclusive) for commencement of journey," the statement added.

No-frills passenger carrier SpiceJet also came out with discounted air fares under its "Great Independence Day sale" scheme.

The low-cost carrier (LCC) said under this scheme, it will offer one-way fares as low as Rs399 base fare (surcharge and taxes extra as applicable) for travel to select destinations on its domestic network. Fares for international flights start at Rs2,999 (base fare) and applicable surcharge and taxes for non-stop direct flights.

SpiceJet said the three-day sale launched on Tuesday will remain open till midnight 11 August and the tikets can be availed of for period between 18 August and 30 September 0.

The airline is also offering attractive fares on various direct flights across the network.

Another low-cost carrier IndiGo announced its discounted air fares offer starting at Rs806 for travel on its domestic network.

Airlines in India experience very low demand during monsoons and are forced to offer special fares both to stimulate demand and also to increase load factors during the lean seasons.

The periods between January-March and July-September are also considered to be lean travel seasons as families are tied up with children going to schools.