Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is offering their passengers an option to convert their waitlisted tickets into an airline tickets at a competitive fare.
The people still wanting to travel on the day for which the tickets were booked but could not due their non-confirmed tickets can now travel in a flight against their waitlisted ticket.
The Railway Public Sector Undertakings has already tied-up with budget carrier GoAir and have sold about 100 tickets through this scheme in the past one month.
How can be the scheme availed?
The scheme applies to tickets booked at least three days prior to the date of the journey. The flight tickets would be made available only for the day of the train journey or a day after that.
IRCTC would be sending e-mails to waitlisted passengers who seek to avail the benefit under the scheme.
What IRCTC has to say?
“Passengers booking train tickets right from sleeper class to AC classes can avail the facility. For such passengers, the airline ticket would be competitively priced and cheaper by as much as 30-40 percent,” said Sandip Dutta, IRCTC spokesperson.
He also mentioned that “We have also entered into an understanding with SpiceJet under the scheme and plan to rope in other domestic carriers too.”
The airlines would be placing their unsold tickets with IRCTC. This move not only promises a boon for the domestic carriers but also gives an option to the passengers to reach their destination without having to cancel their trip.
With an average seat factor of about 70 to 75 percent, most of the domestic airlines fly with about 20 per cent seats empty in their plane and IRCTC plans to make the best use of it.
This new initiative is appreciated by many people and FableFeed also hopes that the results of this initiative are positive.