Air In­dia gains ground

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Fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of Emi­rates Air­lines, which had cut travel agent com­mis­sion to one per cent, Cathay Pa­cific Group went a step fur­ther to zero com­mis­sion in In­dia — much to the plight of the travel trade com­mu­nity in the coun­try. This, in ad­di­tion to the ban of Mid­dle East­ern air­lines in the US and UK, could just be Air In­dia’s chance to grab hold of a ma­jor chunk of the big In­dian travel pie. Not only does the na­tional car­rier of­fer around 2-3 per cent agent com­mis­sion, it now has many long-haul di­rect flights to var­i­ous des­ti­na­tions in the US as well as Europe. In fact, Air In­dia would also be play­ing a huge role in the Civil Avi­a­tion Min­istry’s UDAN scheme for re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity with its re­gional arm called Al­liance Air. Ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of the first round of bids for the UDAN-Re­gional Con­nec­tiv­ity Scheme, Al­liance Air would be fly­ing to as many as 8-9 routes in Tier-II and Tier-III cities. With a huge ex­pan­sion plan set out, Air In­dia might just push it­self ahead in In­dian avi­a­tion.

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