Sunday, November 04, 2018

IndiGo positive about taking INR on int’l flights

After Mirror raised the issue of IndiGo airline not accepting Indian currency for meals and merchandise on international flights, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) led by Raj Thackeray took up the cause of frequent flyers and met the airline officials on October 29. Though the airline management has responded positively to the issue, it has promised to approach the RBI again for relaxation of norms. The MNS, on its part, said it will take up the issue with the Union Finance Ministry.
On October 19, Mumbai Mirror had reported that frequent flyers had complained against IndiGo for accepting only foreign currency to make purchases on international flights. At that time, the airline had said that it was constrained by the RBI guidelines against the use of Indian currency.
The meeting on October 29 was called by MNS leader Manoj Chavan. He met IndiGo officials to discuss the reluctance to accept Indian currency as he himself had faced a similar problem on an IndiGo flight in February. “They have assured us that they are confident about accepting Indian currency but RBI guidelines restrict them to do so. We are planning to meet the Finance Minister on the issue,” he said.
In a letter sent to the MNS after the meeting, IndiGo said, “We would like to inform you that we had already approached the RBI in December 2017 seeking specific permission to accept Indian currency on our international flights. However, we are still awaiting the RBI’s approval on our application. It’s our firm belief that Indian currency should be permitted on international flights. Additionally, we shall be grateful if you could also present your kind view to the competent authorities.”
04/11/18 Shruti Ganapatye/Mumbai Mirror

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