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.
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 :
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 :
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.