Europe trip just got cheaper- Air Italy-Mumbai-Delhi-Milan for 28k return

Your Europe trip just got a bit more cheaper. Air Italy has announced flights from Mumbai and Delhi to Milan in Italy and you can now book round trip ticket for under 30k per person. All the details here.
Mini Europe, Brussels
At present a round trip ticket to Europe typically costs about 30-40k at the minimum. Mumbai-Paris, Delhi Paris or Chennai Paris can be had for around 33-35k at their best on Jet Airways or Air India.

FlyDubai has announced flight to Helsinki and you might get a ticket for around 35k return [details]

Iceland based WOW air had a killer 27k return fare from Delhi to Iceland, but now has gone up a bit to 30-40k.

Most full service airlines charge around 50k for a proper round trip to various destinations in Europe.

Now some good news. Air Italy will begin India operations later this year and is selling tickets to Milan in Italy from Mumbai and Delhi- you can book a round trip ticket for as low as about 28k INR.

But please note the following:
  • This 28k is without check in bag- not sure about food. You get 8 kg cabin bag allowance alone. Don't get confused with 27.520 in above picture- it is INR 27520 for round trip per person. These lowest fares were available in the afternoon but not visible now for same dates. Try your luck for various dates. Available for early 2019
  • No refund, no change possible
  • Flight to Milan will be about 7-8 hours from India- you should be able to hold without food that long if you're trying to save every penny
  • Service commences from October 30, 2018
  • Air Italy will be using an A332 for India flights, with 2+4+2 economy configuration.
  • AirItaly flights are not appearing on OTAs like MMT etc- you've to check directly on it isn't the most interactive/friendly site I have seen but works at times. I hope Air Italy tech team fixes this asap. I can already think of half a dozen possible improvements
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We are not sure how long the promo fares will last- if you're serious about a low cost Europe trip and live close to Mumbai or Delhi, you may wish to book your tickets now. (Wow Air has already increased India Promo fares)

Milan is popular for fashion. Beginning with Milan you can explore lots of southern Europe using schengen visa. MXP (Malpensa) airport into which Air Italy flies is 50 kms from city centre. Switzerland, France etc can be reached by road or bus from Italy.

Also be advised Schengen visa will cost you about 8k and it may not be good idea to travel to Europe in winter- most attractions will be closed and you may not be able to explore much in snow.

Air Italy also offers transatlantic flights via Milan. You can book a ticket from India to New York for about 45k (without food and bag), which is not super cheap but 10-15k cheaper than full service airlines

Air Italy also flies to Miami, Cuba, Egypt , Moscow and few such international destinations, besides flying around to several airports within Italy.

Air Italy fare types- note that there's no mention of food anywhere.
Below is how much various extras will cost on Air Italy?
Meals: Information not available as of now. Trying to get from their twitter handle
23 kg check in bag: INR 4000 (but strangely 2 bags will cost 13k, not 8k)
Seat selection: INR 1600/2600 per seat (standard, 5200-preferred (first row, emergency row etc), per flight.

Delhi n Mumbai airports are bit expensive to operate. If Air Italy can operate from slightly cheaper airports- Pune, Kochi, Chennai etc and can offer return tickets for under 20-25k, they can get great business in my opinion.

Air Italy was formerly known as  Meridiana t and was recently rebranded. It should not be confused with Alitalia, #1 airline in Italy. More history on Wikipedia

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