Spicejet announces 100% waiver on basic fare for Armed Forces

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New Delhi, Aug 12 (UNI) As a special gesture to the Armed Forces, low cost airliner Spicejet today announced the launch of a special scheme for serving personnel, under which they will not have to pay any basic fare.

The armed personnel will only have to pay the taxes and surcharges, and can avail the scheme any number of times to any sector, Spicejet Director Kishore Gupta said, at a gathering at 'Akash', the Air Force Officers' Mess here.

Air Chief Marshal F H Major, who was also present, thanked the airliner for facilitating the Armed Forces personnel to avail the concession.

Giving details about the 'Freedom to Fly' scheme to be open from August 15, Mr Gupta said ten seats have been reserved for the scheme, which can be booked online or at the counter, upto two hours ahead of the flights' departure.

''There will be a 100 per cent waiver on the basic fare,'' he said but maintained that keeping away ten seats per flight (total 900 seats as the airliner operates 90 flights daily) out of the general pool would not affect the bottomline.

''Our bottomline will not be affected,'' he stressed.

He said tickets can be booked through the airline website or at the airports. To check misuse, the personnel will be required to show their identity card and a declaration letter issued by the Commanding Officer.

The first ticket under the scheme was issued to the Chief of Air Staff, who promptly gave it away for a soldier from remote North east sector.

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