The term ‘air travel’ immediately brings to mind the exorbitant prices associated with it. Traditionally, air travel was reserved for the rich though executives of the business community could also think of a chance to fly. Nevertheless, the debut of private airlines has brought about a transformational change, allowing the aviation industry to reduce travel costs. This trend has enabled the aviation industry to witness a breakthrough, opening a new epoch of development. Private airways are witnessing constant progress in their efforts to increase their customer base. Many private airlines have demonstrated an exemplary role, expanding their services and reaching out to the middle-income group.
Many new airlines have flourished in various countries after the governments allowed private airlines to enter the aviation arena. A few have swept the market with their excelling services. Robust customer service, amicable flight and ground staff, in-flight entertainment, etc. are some of the services offered by these airlines. Some of the major private airlines have introduced low-cost carriers that are readily accessible for budget travelers. Apart from business people, common people are also benefiting from these services as they no longer have to waste long hours traveling by train.
Apart from attractive fares, these low-cost carriers allow customers to benefit from services that are at par with full service flights. This is because the staff and crew of both full service carriers and low-cost carriers of the airline company undergo the same training. The only difference is in amenities offered in the flight. The only difference is that low-cost carriers do not offer add-ons, such as complementary meals. However, just as in trains, customers can buy meals aboard; they have a good range to choose from depending on their budget and taste.
One of the advantages of private carriers is that they cover both popular and less popular destinations, be it international flights or domestic flights. Yet another advantage or rather attraction for customers is the availability of online services. All low-cost carriers offer the same online options as full service carriers. For instance, consumers can reserve tickets online and avail of all the discounts and deals offered by the airlines and travel agents. Web check-in facilities augment the convenience, as they allow you to save precious time that would otherwise be spent on lengthy queues at the airport. It takes only a few minutes to complete a process that may take several hours at the airport.
With increasing awareness, air travelers are putting in their best effort to research and assess their options cautiously, so that they do not miss on discounts and specials. Therefore, it is not surprising to see that air travel is becoming the norm in emerging economies.