In a Proper to Info (RTI) filed by India Right now, Air India has knowledgeable that it supplies free tickets to 3 classes of individuals regardless of working with a web debt of greater than Rs 60,000 crore.
Air India, the flag service airline of India, has by no means made a web revenue since its merger with Indian Airways in 2007. Within the final monetary yr itself, Air India misplaced round Rs 10,000 crore, including to the federal government’s desperation to attempt to push by way of its disinvestment.
Regardless of such a precarious monetary state of affairs, Air India has not stopped giving out free tickets to totally different classes of individuals. Answering India Right now’s RTI question, Air India stated that it provides free air tickets or passes to 3 classes of passengers: I) Bharat Ratna Awardees; II) Golden Tribute Card Holders (Dwelling members of the Constituent Meeting of India); III) Ex-Andaman Freedom Fighter or to Widows of Ex-Andaman Freedom Fighters;
Bharat Ranta Awardees
As a mark of respect to the esteemed personalities for his or her extremely acclaimed contribution of their respective fields, Air India determined to offer a lifetime free air journey move to the recipient of the Bharat Ratna.
Responding to a different RTI question by India Right now, Air India had knowledgeable earlier that the one residing Bharat Ratna awardee to avail this facility is Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, who has availed free tickets 21 occasions.
Golden Tribute Card Holders (Dwelling members of the Constituent Meeting of India)
“Air India (erstwhile Indian Airways) has issued Golden Playing cards titled ‘Golden Tribute Card’ to all residing members of the Constituent Meeting of India on the event of the fiftieth Anniversary of India’s Independence,” Air India stated.
According to a report, T.M. Kaliannan, the final surviving member of the Constituent Meeting, died in MAY 2021.
Ex-Andaman Freedom Fighter or to Widows of Ex-Andaman Freedom Fighters:
“Free Air Journey service is obtainable to the surviving ‘Andaman Freedom Fighters’ or to the ‘Widows of Ex-Andaman Freedom Fighters’ yearly together with a companion on the confirmed foundation on all fares obtainable throughout the interval for journey in Economic system Class on sector Kolkata to Port Blair (a technique or return),” Air India stated.
Surprisingly, this facility or an identical one has not been provided to another class of freedom fighters. Nonetheless, the Dwelling Ministry had knowledgeable India Right now in 2019 that 10,483 freedom fighters get a pension.