Air India (AI) has expanded its spot fare scheme, wherein unsold seats are offered at Rajdhani AC II-tier rates four hours before a flight’s departure, to include seven more routes.
The scheme will now also be available on Delhi-Ranchi-Delhi, Delhi-Ahmedabad-Delhi, Delhi-Hyderabad-Delhi, Delhi-Bhubaneshwar-Delhi, Delhi-Goa-Delhi, Delhi-Patna-Delhi and Delhi-Raipur-Delhi routes.
The scheme, which started on July 10, initially applied to key metro routes of Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Chennai, Delhi-Bengaluru and Delhi-Kolkata.
“On account of the popular response and with an aim to enhance growth, the scheme has been extended to other sectors,” said an AI official.
“The ticket fares on these routes will be: Delhi-Ranchi Rs 2,770, Delhi-Ahmedabad Rs 2,270, Delhi-Hyderabad Rs 3,275, Delhi-Bhubaneshwar Rs 3,475, Delhi-Goa Rs 3,665, Delhi-Patna Rs 2,315 and Delhi-Raipur Rs 2,240,” AI said.
“These fares would be available for sale within four hours of the scheduled departure of the flights. These fares are available for sale through city and airport booking offices, AI call centre and website,” the airline said.
“By introducing these fares, we are not only able to generate additional revenue but also able to fill each and every seat till the last minute.”
AI chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani said the rationale behind the move was to provide “flying at low, affordable costs to last-minute passengers”.
The scheme comes after the national carrier last month floated a limited period scheme to fly unconfirmed passengers of Rajdhani trains at fares matching with the AC first class ticket prices.
Under the ‘Super Saver’ scheme, which started from June 26 and ends on September 30, AC I-tier passengers of Rajdhani Express trains who have waiting list tickets could book four hours prior to the flight departure at a fare that matched the train ticket price.