Spicejet offers concessional air fare for armed forces

August 12th, 2008 - 10:58 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 12 (IANS) Low-cost carrier SpiceJet Tuesday announced ‘freedom to fly’ offer for armed forces, under which they can fly on SpiceJet aircraft anywhere in the country by paying only the surcharges and other taxes of the air ticket. The new offer that waves off basic fares for soldiers will be effective from Aug 15, Spicejet director Kishore Gupta told reporters here.

“They would only have to pay the surcharges and other taxes applicable on air tickets,” Gupta said.

Denying that the offer was meant to increase its load factor, he said it was a goodwill gesture for the armed forces’ contribution to the country.

“This special scheme is our sincere salute to all men and women whose untiring efforts keep us safe and secure and help us exercise our choice. We hope this will help them visit their families and friends,” Gupta said.

“We will restrict to 10 seats on every flight for armed forces,” he said.

This is for the first time that any private air carrier offered such concessions for air travel to the armed forces.

At present, India’s national carrier Air India (domestic) offers 50 percent concession to the armed forces.

On the occasion, SpiceJet offered the first ticket to Air Chief Marshal F.H. Major. The air force chief said he would offer the ticket to an offcial, who can travel home from far-off destination.

“I wish the airline will offer similar concessions for the families of the armed force personnel,” he said.

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