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Air India special fares and three must read articles

With almost half of its 31,500 employees not directly involved in flying an airline, Govindraj Ethiraj raises an interesting question on whether Air India is an airline or much more in his article in the Business Standard. It is a very interesting read.

The Mint has a seven step action plan to rescue Air India. I had covered many of these points at a macro level earlier on Bangalore Aviation. Read those earlier articles here and here.

In the mean time, Air India has introduced two types of special fares – NAP-3 and AP-3 on select domestic sectors to encourage air travel during the lean season. Passengers can purchase tickets in these fares up to three days before departure and undertake travel till September 20, 2009.

The newly introduced NAP-3 fares available on 24 domestic sectors on Air India network comprises of basic fare and Passenger Service Fee (PSF). No fuel surcharge is applicable on these fares. The all inclusive one way fare on some of the sectors is as follows :

Mumbai-Hyderabad Rs.2,079/-
Mumbai-Bangalore Rs.2,779/-
Mumbai-Kochi Rs.3,279/-
Mumbai-Chennai Rs.3,279/-
Mumbai-Delhi Rs.3,279/-
Delhi-Chennai Rs.3,779/-

The special AP-3 fares available on 70 select domestic sectors comprises of basic fare, PSF and fuel surcharge. The all inclusive one way fare of some sectors are :

Mumbai-Udaipur Rs.3,094/-
Mumbai-Goa Rs.3,094/-
Mumbai-Kozhikode Rs.4,499/-
Chennai-Goa Rs.4,499/-
Mumbai-Trivandrum Rs.5,399/-
Chennai-Kolkata Rs.5,399/-
Delhi-Hyderabad Rs.5,399/-
Mumbai-Kolkata Rs.5,919/-
Delhi-Bangalore Rs.5,919/-

These fares are non-refundable and would attract a fee of Rs.750/- per coupon for re-booking. No Frequent Flyer points will accrue on these fares. User Development Fee levied by airports, will have to be paid extra by the passenger, wherever applicable.

Finally, another good article on Air India by 18 year old Sri Lankan student Miyuru who writes his blog from his mobile phone.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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