Air India takes on Rajdhani, lowers fares

State run carrier trying to gain advantage out of Indian Railways decision to introduce dynamic fares on Rajdhani, Shatabdi trains

GN Bureau | January 6, 2017


#Air India   #PSU   #Rajdhani   #air fare   #scheme  

 In its bid to boost passenger traffic, national carrier Air India has slashed economy class fares to match those offered by Indian Railways premium train—Rajdhani Express on select routes.

The Air India economy class fare starts at Rs 1,080 for flights, mostly originating from New Delhi. According to Air India, the cheapest economy class ticket is available at Rs 1,080 for a Delhi-Jaipur flight whereas the maximum fare under this scheme is pegged at Rs 4,730 for a Delhi-Thiruvananthapuram service. The tickets under the scheme can be booked from January 6 to April 10, 2017.
 
Notably, Air India and many private airlines have tightened their belts to bring down fares to directly compete with Indian Railways’ premium trains like Rajdhani Express which usually has higher fares than the many low cost carriers (LCCs). A majority of airlines register poor inflow of passengers in the last quarter of the fiscal.
 
The offer would be available for sale through all distribution channels 20 days or more prior to departure of the flight.
 
The Delhi-Mumbai flight is available at Rs 2,401 whereas one has to shell out around Rs 2,900 for a two tier ticket of Rajdhani Express for the same destination.
 
Interestingly, one has to pay around Rs 2,000 to travel from New Delhi to Lucknow in (12436) New Delhi-Dibrugarh Express’ second tier on January 26 which includes dynamic fare of Rs 573 recently opted by the Indian Railways to boost its depleting revenue. On the other hand, Delhi-Lucknow flight of Air India ticket is available at Rs 1,520.
 

Comments

 

Other News

Covid-19 antibodies found in 86.64% Mumbai citizens

As many as 86.64% citizens of the city of Greater Mumbai have antibodies, according to the fifth sero-prevalence survey. Among the people who are fully or partially vaccinated, the antibodies were found in 90.26%, while among the unvaccinated citizens, 79.86% had antibodies. The Municipal C

`Bad Bank`: All you wanted to know about NARCL

The cabinet has cleared the formation of ‘National Asset Reconstruction Company Limited’ (NARCL) which will acquire “stressed assets” of about Rs. 2 Lakh crore in phases within RBI regulations in order to address the problem of humongous amounts of bad loans in public sector banks.

Citizens Charter: How this less-known law empowers us

When consumer rights and RTI activist Mohammad Afzal was shifting to a new residence in a different area, he required changes in various documents. He decided to take the help of the Citizens Charter along with other friends who also required similar work with authorities. The Citizens Chart

Minister for Ports, Shipping & Waterways emphasises on setting up of National Transport Facilitation Committees

Union Minister for Ports, Shipping & Waterways and AYUSH, Sarbananda Sonowal has underlined the importance of cross-border connectivity among India and developing nations of South-East Asia. Addressing the ASEAN summit on Future of India-ASEAN Connectivity Partnerships virt

Ministry of Finance organises advance training programme in PPP for states

The Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance and the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore has organised a virtual advance level training programme on Public-Private Partnership. Additional Secretary DEA, K Rajaraman, Joint Secretary, DEA, Baldeo Purushartha

Ministry of Agriculture signs MoUs for Digital Agriculture

Modernisation of the Agriculture sector will continue by infusing new technologies so that farmers can increase their income, states Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. The Ministry of Agriculture and farmer welfare has signed MOUs for pilot projects with Cisco, Ninjacar

Visionary Talk: GVL Narasimha Rao, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha on Upcoming UP Elections


Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter