IRCTC plans to sell online air tickets too
IRCTC, Online air tickets, Online Travel Agents, International Air Transport Association, Service tax, Hotel bookings, Cab rentals
IRCTC officially announced its entry into the field of airways. Sources say that IRCTC will be launching its new business and website for sale of online air tickets. This is expected to pose tough competition to other OTAs (Online Travel Agents). The initiative is taken by the corporation after ending its catering services, which was a part of its other active services like hotel bookings and cab rentals.
The decision made by IRCTC is aiming at the current boom of purchase of online of air tickets which account to 50% of the total bookings done countrywide. It also aims to emerge as prime travel and tourism facility provider.
With the travel by airways becoming costlier these days, IRCTC promises to provide a discount of 100 to 300 INR per booking and will not impose service tax to the customers. Even the cancellation charges will be cut down to less than 50 % of what the current OTAs charge. Commuters who travel by airways will be benefited with the offers IRCTC promises to provide them. The corporation is also planning to collaborate with different banks to offer special cash back schemes to the customers using credit cards.
Sources also say that IRCTC already became member of IATA (International Air Transport Association) and joined hands with Air India and Jet Airways in connection to its new venture.
Sat 28 Apr, 2012,12:40:19 AM