Low-cost Airlines

Till a few months ago, almost all my domestic travel would only be on Jet, Kingfisher and Air India/Indian Airlines (the full-service airlines). In the past couple months, I have taken many flights on the low-cost carriers (LCCs) — Indigo, Go, Spice and Kingfisher Red (erstwhile Deccan). And I have to say that the LCCs are nearly as good. One does occasionally miss the tele-checkin facility and the Jain meal on board, but that is more than made up by the cost savings. On-time arrival performance of the LCCs has also been reasonably good.

Overall, the quality of air travel in India has improved quite a bit after touching a trough in 2008 with all kinds of delays at airports. Landing in Mumbai now even during peak hours doesn’t mean much of hovering now. So, all in all, the air travel experience is now much more consumer-friendly.