Air India may charge for food on short haul flights


Air India plans to start charging for food served to passengers on short duration flights of up to 60-90 minutes, senior airline officials said on Sunday.

Sources told Business Line that a tender has been floated and based on its evaluation, a decision will be taken on whether or not to introduce the new system on its short duration flights. Water, however, will continue to be available free-of-charge.

The implementation of the decision, which could be in place by the later half of the year, could mean that for flights say between Chennai to either Bangalore or Hyderabad, a passenger will have to pay for food.

The decision to consider implementing pay for food on board comes soon after Alliance Air, a 100 per cent subsidiary of Air India, introduced the concept in March this year charging Rs 40-100 for meals purchased on board. The rate which Air India plans to charge for food on board was yet to be firmed up, the sources indicated.

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