Air India is ready to give stiff competition to The Rajdhani Express, as Air India has decided to launch a three-month long price war with the former. The national carrier will be launching a sale offer from the first week of January, wherein it will offer flight tickets at the cost of a train journey on all routes on which the Rajdhani Express operates.
The sale is going to continue till April 20, 2017, with the travel period starting from January 26. As the tickets are going to be available at such low fares, so they will only be applicable if they are purchased 20 days or more before the date of departure. Air India officials revealed that one-way, all-inclusive, trip on an Air India flight between Mumbai and Delhi would set you back by Rs 2,401, while the same journey on the Rajdhani express would cost you Rs 2, 595 for a third-tier ticket. Other airlines have also launched such offers.
Though this New Year has not brought much cheer for the carrier. According to the previous reports, Air India is in discussions with public sector banks to seek working capital loans to tide over cash dearth.
Despite making an overall operational profit for the first time in a decade in 2015-16 at Rs 105 crore, the airline has reported collective losses of more than Rs 700 crore in the first six months of this financial year.