Thursday, July 27, 2017

Air India will save ₹8 to 10 cr annually on non-veg food decision, says Aviation Minister

Air India’s decision to stop serving non-vegetarian meals to economy class passengers on domestic flights is expected to save ₹ 8 to 10 crore annually, the government said on Thursday.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said the move is to save costs, reduce wastage, improve service and also avoid any chances of mix-up of meals.

“The annual saving is expected to be around ₹8 to 10 crore per annum,” he said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

On whether the views of air passengers were solicited before taking the decision, Sinha replied in the affirmative and added that passenger feedback through cabin crew was received.

The debt-laden national carrier has been taking various steps to reduce costs and revive its financial fortunes. These include rationalisation of certain loss making routes and enhanced utilisation of new fleet.

In a separate written reply, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said FIR (First Information Report) has already been registered by the CBI regarding the alleged irregularities in procurements/ purchase of aircraft by Air India.
27/07/17 PTI/The Hindu