Air India’s Maharaja may be critically ill but he still knows how to take care of fellow senior citizens like no other Indian carrier. The national carrier has now made anyone over 63 years of age eligible to a 50% senior citizen discount on basic fares.
Earlier, only women over 63 could have availed of this benefit while men had to wait to turn 65 before getting a similar discount.
The two other full service carriers, Jet and Kingfisher, offer senior citizen discount to people above 65 years of age. Low cost carriers IndiGo and SpiceJet do not have any such scheme for the aged.
In a statement, AI said the uniform age of 63 for both men and women for availing senior citizen discount had been implemented from last Saturday. “Now, any person who has crossed the age of 63 years can avail a discount of 50% concession on the basic fare component of the normal economy class fare under the scheme,” it said.
Meanwhile, AI has extended the discount it offers to personnel of paramilitary forces to the employees and family members of the BSF, ITBP, Coast Guards, CISF, CRPF, Assam Rifles, RPF, Intelligence Bureau and Sashastra Seema Bal.
“Other than on apex fares, a discount of 50% on the basic fare component will be available on all fare levels in economy class for domestic sectors only. The discount will be available on production of official ID issued by the unit commandant of the concerned establishment of the government,” the statement said.
Similarly, AI extended the 50% child concession on basic fare to all levels of economy class except apex fares on domestic sectors from Monday. “Children who have completed two years but have not completed 12 years of age are eligible for the discount on the basic fare component,” the airline said.