Air India announces ‘hefty discounts’ on last-minute bookings

Air India announces 'hefty discounts' on last-minute bookings
Air India has decided to sell last minutes inventory within three hours of departure at discounted rates to address the problem of soaring airfares following the grounding of Jet Airways

After reeling under the impact of exorbitant rates since the grounding of Jet Airways, passengers can expect some respite with national carrier Air India announcing hefty discounts on last-minute ticket bookings.

Earlier, an airline official had told reporters that it would offer a flat 50 percent discount on last-minute bookings. However, in a statement issued on Friday, the airline announced the offer without quantifying the discount.

Air India has decided to sell the very last minutes inventory within three hours of departure at a “hefty discount,” the statement read.

The decision was taken at a commercial review meeting of the airline at its headquarters on Friday, the airline statement added.

In most cases, customers are forced to shell out over 40 percent or more for the last-minute bookings over the average fares. However, in case of a demand-supply mismatch following the grounding of Jet Airways, the difference is much higher normally, an airline official said.

Now the last-minute travellers, especially those travelling for urgencies, can book tickets at much cheaper level, the airline added.

Tickets can be booked from its counters, on the website, on the mobile app, or through agents, the statement said.

Customers can already start availing of the discounted rates for last minute bookings.

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