Now being stuck in a waiting list may come as a blessing in disguise for train passengers. Travellers, who could not get a confirmed ticket on Rajdhani Express, will now be provided an alternate option under which they can fly by Air India flights at the price that will be similar to AC first class fare of the train.

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.

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.

He added that the facility is, as of now, being launched for Rajdhani trains.
According to Indian railways website, an AC I ticket on Mumbai Rajdhani would cost Rs 4,750 one way.

A passenger booked in AC II of Rajdhani express will have to pay the fare – one-way fare for the AC II cabin cost Rs 2,865 – plus Rs 1,500 for the flight ticket on Air India.

“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.

 

 

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