How Have Low-Cost Airlines Disrupted the Aviation Sector in India?
The low-cost airlines in India have fulfilled the dream of many Indian citizens of flying. Also known as low-cost carriers, they have made an exceptional disruption in the Indian aviation sector. Keep reading to find out some of the impacts of low-cost airlines in India’s aviation and the tourism sector.
The Indian aviation sector is one of the biggest and developing business sectors in the world. Low-cost airlines have become the most popular option chosen by millions of travellers to fly to their preferred destinations. Less than two-decades-old, low-cost carriers have disrupted the Indian aviation sector in many ways.
Here are some of the effects of low-cost airlines on the aviation sector of India:
- Revolutionising the Industry: Before, air travel was confined to only the elite class of society in India, with only a handful of carriers operating in the country. Low-cost airlines’ entry ended this monopoly business model and has acquired a tremendous change in terms of affordability, no-frills, and reaching optimal operational efficiency like never before. Low-cost carriers have changed the aviation sector for good. Today, passengers from all spectrums of society can afford to fly atracciones turisticas de españa
- Increasing Competition in the Sector: The rivalry in the aviation sector has increased because of the growth of low-cost airlines in India. The market share of low cost carries increased from 25% to 65% in the past decade. With the entry of some of the major low-cost airlines such as IndiGo, SpiceJet, Air India Express, and Go Air, more than two-thirds of the domestic seats are on low-cost carriers, making it one of the highest proportion in the world. The increasing competition has worked well for travellers in all classes. While this has resulted in fierce competition between airlines, it has helped the entire aviation sector by bringing flights next to other commuting options such as rail and road transport.
- Impact on Tourism: Once upon a time, not so long ago, the flight ticket’s expense was the main part of a vacation cost. As a result, people chose destinations nearer to their cities. Thanks to low-cost airlines, travellers can think of covering spots far and wide with flights becoming affordable. This has given a much-needed boost to the domestic tourism sector. Travellers from as far as the north end of the country can easily afford to travel down south.
- Increase in Domestic Air Traffic: The low-cost carriers in India have extended the market for air travel in India through their low ticket price. They have made air travel available to the average working class of the country. Travellers who were using trains and buses earlier have switched to flying, thanks to the low-cost carriers’ affordability.
- Playing a Pivotal Role in the UDAN Scheme of the Government: Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik or UDAN was a regional connectivity scheme launched by the government to make flying accessible to people of regional cities as well. Low-cost carriers, with their connectivity to tier II and III cities, have played a crucial role in this scheme by making flying accessible to people of the regional cities as well. Through Indigo, Go Air or SpiceJet online booking, travellers can easily find flights to/from regional locations such as Gorakhpur, Dehradun, Mysore, etc.
The Low-Cost Carriers (LCCs) have changed the way people fly, around the world, right from developed countries such as the USA to developing countries such as India. Their entrance into the Indian market has satisfied the fantasy of numerous Indians, as the dominant part of them being cost-conscious. It is prevailing and has control over more than half of the aviation sector. For a developing country like India, low-cost carriers are a ray of hope for the aviation and tourism sector growth.