Government employees can now fly Air India, and avail free upgrades, excess baggage as well as lounge facilites.
The Haryana government has asked its officers to give preference to Air India over other carriers, provided the fare is competitive. The airline has been suffering huge losses for the past several years.
In a communication from the finance department, Air India had introduced an exclusive travel policy which was limited to officials of the Central government only. The policy has now been extended to cover employees of state governments as well as public sector undertakings.
The travel policy also includes a companion-free scheme which is available on all sectors: first class, executive and economy class. Free upgrades to the next higher class is also available, subject to availability at departure, says the statement.
Moreover, officials travelling on transfer or on home leave could avail of 80 kg excess baggage on Air India international sectors and for other travelling purposes they could avail 10 kg excess baggage on international and domestic sectors.
The statement further said that officials travelling in first and executive class could avail the lounge facilities worldwide while officials travelling in economy class, both domestic and international, could avail of the same at Air India owned lounges. These special offers are available for ticketing done directly at Air India offices.
The statements also mentions dedicated cells that have been set-up in metro offices, to assist state government and state enterprises employees.