There is a good news for those who like to travel in Rajdhani train. If your ticket is not confirmed in the flagship train of India Railways then you can fly in Air India to your destination. The fare is same as of AC first class.
Although the upgrade is free of charge for those with AC first class tickets, passengers with AC two-tier tickets would have to pay somewhere between Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,000 over and above their train tickets in order to avail this upgrade.
Ashwani Lohani, Chairman and Managing Director, Air India said, “The tie-up with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will initially start with Rajdhani trains.”
Soon, passengers holding waiting list tickets will receive a message from IRCTC offering them flight tickets to their desired destinations. If the passenger is interested to avail this option, he can book the ticket through the IRCTC website within the next 24 hours.
Although a passenger needs to be careful enough to take a quick decision, as these seats on Air India flights would be available only on first-come-first-serve basis.
The system is designed to send wait-listed passengers a message from the IRCTC, giving them the option to travel by Air India instead. “If the passenger agrees, he can buy the ticket through the IRCTC website for a flight over the next 24 hours,” said an official.
“The option will be provided depending on the availability of seats. If an aircraft has 10 vacant seats, we would offer them on a first-come-first-serve basis,” said Lohani.
“An airline seat is a perishable commodity. An empty seat is lost forever once the aircraft takes off. So, this makes business sense,” said aviation expert Rajji Rai.