The Ministry of Civil Aviation has decided to give all its former secretaries and their immediate family members lifelong upgrades to first class air tickets on Air India.
The former secretaries would also be provided with special passes that would give them access to lounges at any airport in the country.
Air India is expected to incur a loss of Rs 5,400 crore during the year 2009-10. It incurred a loss of Rs 2,226.16 crore and Rs 5,548 crore during the financial years 2007-08 and 2008-09 respectively and the trend of losses is likely to continue for few more years.
The Ministry’s order has been issued to Airports Authority of India, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security and the airlines. Air India used to give these privileges to only those of its chairmen or CMDs who had completed their tenure.
A list of 24 former secretaries who would be entitled to these facilities has also been issued . “It has been decided to extend the facilities to the former secretaries in the ministry of civil aviation as a matter of courtesy,” the order said.