When it comes to air connectivity North East India is probably the most under served market in India. Only the state capitals and a few prominent cities have air connectivity there.
So I was glad to hear hear that Spicejet will be launching service from Aizawl to Kolkata and Guwahati and from Silchar to Kolkata and Guwahati. The service will be launched on 4th October, 2016.
The fare from Aizawl – Kolkata is very competitively priced at Rs 1699. However, Kolkata – Aizawl has been priced at Rs 2127. This pricing variation may be due to West Bengal’s and Mizoram’s taxation rates. Looks like they will be flying two flights daily. You can check the Aizawl – Guwahati fare in the above table.
The pricing for the Silchar – Kolkata and Silchar – Guwahati route has surprised me. The lowest fare from Silchar to Kolkata on 4th October, 2016 is Rs 5084 and from Kolkata to Silchar on the same date is Rs 7416. Multiple search showed the price is varying by few rupees to Rs 100. The fare on 4th October, 2016 from Silchar – Guwahati is Rs 4088 and from Guwahati – Silchar is Rs 4332.
I am trying hard to understand by what logic they have decided on the Silchar – Kolkata and Silchar – Guwahati route. Around that price international flights are available and they are gearing to charge that price to their customers. I know that Mizoram may have low tax rates but is it so low that it results in such discrepancy. Aizawl is even located further from Silchar at a distance of 179 KM. Apart from emergency, joy ride or once in a while flight, I doubt many will be using it at that price.