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1. Booking ahead of time: It’s a wonderful proposition to book seats to capacity for upcoming months. No airline wants its flights to fly vacant. It’s important to note most would never offer all its seats on sale.
2. Cash flow management: It’s all about having the money in hand. Like they say, a rupee today is worth more than a rupee tomorrow. However, on the flipside repeated sales build an unstable ecosystem.
3. Retaining Market share: There’s a lot of competition in the market today. In such a scenario, airlines are fighting tooth and nail to grab passengers. So while one airline offers a sale, the other doesn’t want to be left behind. However, one must remember global profit margins are hardly 2-3%, no more than that.
Indian flyers are all for ‘value for money’. If flight ticket prices are high, they’d rather take the train. However, the resultant price brawl may not necessarily yield much in return.
“Nobody wants to lose out. But when everybody starts discounting tickets, everybody loses. It’s a race to the bottom”, Mathur says.
Spicejet recently posted a Rs. 22.5 crore profit for the fourth quarter ending March 31, 2014. Its stocks have jumped 12% today. This is a far cry from the last seven consecutive loss-making quarters. Many believe with clever cost-cutting and a tight operations plan, there’s still hope that Indian aviation will see better days.