AI trying to be profitable through cancellation charges: Chidambaram

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 26, 2018 12:13 hrs
Air India (PTI image)

New Delhi: Former finance minister P Chidambaram hit out at national carrier Air India saying it has found a new way to become profitable through ticket cancellation charges.

On Thursday, the former Finance Minister in a tweet shared that his flight was cancelled and instead of providing him an alternative or even refunding his ticket-fare, the carrier charged him Rs 3,000.

That, he says for a cancellation done by the national carrier.

PC tagged Air India, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, in the following tweet.

The ace lawyer in a subsequent tweet said that Air India may have found a new way to turn profitable. He said Air India could make a neat profit of Rs 3 lakhs by simply cancelling the flight.

Responding to Chidambaram, Air India said that the ticket was issued by a travel agent, who erroneously levied cancellation charges, adding, the "agent is being advised to amend the same".

"Sir it is true that AI 665 of 27th Oct is being combined with subsequent flight operating an hour later. The ticket was issued by a travel agent. The travel agent has erroneously levied cancellation charges. The travel agent is being advised to amend the same," the airline said in a tweet.

The loss-making national carrier, Air India, has a total debt burden of more than Rs 50,000 crore and it continues to stay afloat on a bailout package extended by the erstwhile UPA government in 2012.