Shell out more to sit with fam­ily on AI flights

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - Manju.V@ times­group.com

Mum­bai: Na­tional car­rier Air In­dia on Mon­day in­tro­duced seat-se­lec­tion fee for most rows on do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional flights. Ear­lier, it charged only for the front row seats on long-haul flights.

With this, yet an­other air­line has im­posed the mid­dle seat se­lec­tion fee or “fam­ily fee” as it is known in cer­tain coun­tries be­cause par­ents or a pas­sen­ger trav­el­ling with a kid would be forced to pay it to en­sure the child doesn’t end up next to a stranger.

In a cir­cu­lar is­sued to travel agents, Air In­dia listed the fees on var­i­ous routes, which starts at Rs 100 for mid­dle seats on do­mes­tic flights Rs 200 for the win­dow/aisle seats. On in­ter­na­tional flights out of In­dia, the fee is Rs 200 on most routes, ex­cept on flights to Kathmandu, where it’s Rs 100. The emer­gency exit row fee is be­tween Rs 800 and Rs 1,500 de­pend­ing on the route, while the win­dow/aisle seat fee is be­tween Rs 240 and Rs 1,500. On flights from in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions into In­dia, the seat fees de­pend on the cur­rency of the air­port or ori­gin.

On the US-In­dia routes for in­stance, the mid­dle seat fee is $3, while that for the emer­gency row exit seat is $50. For all the other win­dow and aisle seats, it is $15. A cou­ple trav­el­ling with a child, say, a JFK/NewYork-Mum­bai flight would be forced to shell out $33 to be seated on the same row. If they want to save and yet en­sure that at least one par­ent is seated next to the child, they will have to pay at least $18 and book a win­dow or an aisle seat and the mid­dle seat.

Vis­tara now would be the best air­line for pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling with kids as it charges a fee only for the mid­dle seats lo­cated in the emer­gency exit row as its comes with ex­tra leg room.

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