Air India waives cancellation fee till May 16
Air India has announced that it would waive off the cancellation fee for all its flights till May 16 as a respite to passengers who have been rescheduling their flying plans during the 10 day strike. The 10-day pilot strike was called off on Friday. The airline decided to waive the Rs750 cancellation charge per ticket, as a contingency owing to only 10% operational flights during the strike.
Travel agents are expecting thousands of people booked on AI domestic flights to cancel their ticket and switch to private carriers. Also this would lead to rise in fares in other airlines, as it would put enormous demand on the other carriers.
The domestic carrier transferred about 20,000 domestic and more than 9,500 international passengers to other carriers since the beginning of the strike. Hotel accommodation had been provided to more than 5,500 people from the disrupted flights.
To prevent such problems in future the carrier is mulling to get aircraft on wet lease basis, for which it would soon begin recruiting new pilots. Wet lease is an agreement where an airline hires aircraft with crew, maintenance and insurance from other carriers on an hourly basis.
Source: Hindustan Times
Petra Vaškových, May 11, 2011
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