Air Travel is not always expensive. Air Travel doesn’t always burn a hole in your pocket

Air Travel is not always expensive. Air Travel doesn’t always burn a hole in your pocket

Flying and Air Travel has expanded manifold across the globe. Thanks to falling global oil prices Flying is becoming increasingly affordable across the world. Whether you are in Sydney, Adelaide, Jakarta or Delhi flying is the new mantra for a fast, safe and easy commute across destinations.
Most of us have paid top dollars for flying and if I may say, paid through our noses to buy an airline ticket. This scenario is changing at a very brisk speed thanks to a combination of budget airlines as well as falling prices of Oil.

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How are budget airlines different from full service airlines? A budget carrier or a low cost airline like Jetstar promises the lowest fares to its passengers but no or limited on board services like complementary snacks, limited baggage services. This does not mean that the Airline shall not provide these services but what this means is that the Airlines shall charge the passenger for every additional service availed by the Passenger for example there may be a limited Menu on board which can be bought for a fee.
What this limited service model does is that it saves the airlines from unnecessary investments in areas like on board catering; most importantly it helps in Airlines turn around faster at each destination. A fast turnaround means more flights a day an Aircraft and its crew can do. Most importantly Passengers get what they want – reach the destination in the fastest possible time.
A great advantage no frills airlines have is that they consume less fuel thanks to less time spent at the Airport. Fuel alone makes for about 40% of all expenses of an Airline. The promise a low cost airline is making its passengers is that they shall transfer their savings as cost benefits to their consumers.
Clearly a Win – Win situation for all. Does this mean that the era of full service Airlines is over? No not at all. Low ticket prices are ok but if one is travelling on a long haul flight comfort plays its part too. To increase cost efficiency most Budget Airlines remodel the aircraft to include as many seats as possible by increasing rows and reducing leg room.
This may not be as comfortable as a full service Airline which has a designated First Class, Business Class and Economy seats with reasonably wide seats and good leg room.
What should one go for in which case? If one is travelling short distance, by distance means the duration of the flight. If the flight travel time is within 3 hours a low cost, no frills and Budget Airlines is a good idea, but for longer flights go for a full service airline.

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