Rajdhani ExpressTrain passengers, who could not take their journey because of an unconfirmed ticket, will now be able to fly Air India flights at the fare that will be similar to AC first class fares of trains. Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani today said that the airline has entered into an agreement with IRCTC, which will sell those tickets.
Maharaja will soon come to help wait-listed passengers of Rajdhani trains as such travellers will be provided with the option to fly with Air India by paying little extra.
Air India and IRCTC have already entered into a pact for the proposed arrangement which is expected to be in place “within a week”, the carrier’s chief Ashwani Lohani told PTI. Air India tickets would be offered to such passengers through IRCTC.
Lohani, who is Air India Chairman and Managing Director, said details are being worked out and the arrangement is expected to be in place “within a week”. The wait-listed passengers of AC First Class of Rajdhani trains would not have to pay any additional amount in case they decide to take an Air India flight.
While AC first class passengers need to pay no extra, AC II passengers will have to pay Rs 1500-2000 plus their train ticket charges.
In the case of those booked on Rajdhani Second and Third AC classes, the passengers would have to pay up to Rs 2,000 per ticket as an additional amount for flying Air India, Lohani said. “The details are being worked out and we hope to have this in place within a week,” Lohani, who himself is an Indian Railways Service (IRS) officer, said.
Meanwhile, Air India is chalking out ambitious expansion plan to operate number of smaller aircraft in various states as they look to increase regional air connectivity. In this regard, Air India’s wholly-owned subsidiary Air Alliance plans to increase the number of ATRs in its fleet to 35 in the next four years.
Lohani along with senior officials today held deliberations with representatives from at least 16 states, most of whom also expressed willingness to provide viability gap funding to the carrier. “Several state governments have asked Air India to look at launching virgin routes connecting different cities in their respective states,” Lohani said after the meeting.
So, Rajdhani Passenger’s can travel by Air India if they don’t get a confirmed ticket by paying a little extra amount.