Not confirmed ticket? Railway to give 'fly by Air India' option to wait-listed passengers

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New Delhi, May 26: There is good news in the offing for the Railway passengers who at times don't get confirmed ticket in Rajdhani trains. Reportedly, the Railway is planning to provide these passengers an option to fly by Air India.

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Sources say that these wait-listed passenger can avail facility to travel by Maharaja by paying a little extra money. Reports say that Air India and IRCTC have done a pact for the same.

Good news for wait-listed passengers!

Under the proposed arrangement, people who have unconfirmed tickets across classes on Rajdhani trains would have the choice of boarding an Air India flight, provided the airline has services in the particular train route chosen by the passenger.

Under the proposed arrangement, people who have unconfirmed tickets across classes on Rajdhani trains would have the choice of boarding an Air India flight, provided the airline has services in the particular train route chosen by the passenger.

Air India tickets would be offered to such passengers throughh IRCTC. Ashwani 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.

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 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 a Indian Railways Service (IRS) officer, said.

The latest move is expected to help Air India in filling up more seats on its planes amid the carrier working on ways to turnaround its fortunes.

Meanwhile, Air India is chalking out ambitious expansion plan to operate more 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.

Currently, Alliance Air has seven ATRs in its fleet, including two ATR-42 that are to be phased this fiscal.

It expects to have at least 18 ATR-72 planes by March 2017. 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.

OneIndia News

(With inputs from PTI)

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