AI payments via VISA and Mastercard
The Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) meeting held at Kempinski Ambience Hotel, New Delhi discussed the new committee’s agenda where Air India announced that the airline will accept corporate card payments on VISA and Mastercard from January 1, 20
Air India will accept payments via Mastercard and VISA corporate credit cards through the travel agent’s GDS network. Pankaj Srivastava, Director-Commercial, Air India, said, “We are pleased to announce that with effect from January 1, VISA and Mastercards corporate cards will be accepted by Air India on the GDS gateway.”
Srivastava announced this during the TAAI meeting on November 19, amidst the committee members and office bearers of all 20 regions and chapters. Currently, the national carrier only permits American Express credit cards on their payment gateways through GDS for corporate cards. At the meeting, Srivastava also highlighted the various milestones of 2015 for the airlines before making the key announcement.
Speaking about the highlights of the day’s meeting, Jay Bhatia, Hon. National Treasurer, TAAI, said, “The meeting was held to train and guide the committee members, discuss the objectives and aims, and talk about how we are going to take things forward in the coming two years. We had presentations by managing committee portfolio holders, like tourism airline membership development council, the allied services who work with the embassies, and VFS. The whole idea was to discuss how we are going to work forward and benefit the members, resolve various issues, focus on future prospects and strive for our industry to grow further,” he elaborated.
TAAI President Sunil Kumar also shared his thoughts on the association’s agenda and said, “Our first and foremost plan is image building – a kind of re-planning since we are in our 65th year and the TAAI committee has been running the same way. We need to be relevant with the changing times. Our entire focus will start with rebranding TAAI. The sec- ond focus would be to prepare our members to be able to encounter the challenges of tomorrow, and lay emphasis on training. Another important agenda is leadership development within the committee,” he explained.
TAAI Managing Committee Members and office bearers