Thursday, December 06, 2018

New rules, fee for unaccompanied kids flying from Dubai to India on Air India Express

Dubai: India’s low-cost carrier has introduced a new fee for flying unaccompanied minors from Dubai, resulting in an additional burden to Indian parents in the UAE who send their children alone on vacation.

Air India’s budget carrier Air India Express (AIE) will now charge a fee of Dh165 for one way ticket for unaccompanied minors. The fee will be Dh330 if the child is not escorted on return trip as well.

A circular issued to travel agents in this regard, a copy of which is available with Gulf News, sites that the fee has been introduced “consequent to the levy of Unaccompanied Minor (UM) passenger charges by the ground handling agency of Dubai Airport.”

As per the circular dated December 4, unaccompanied minor passengers have to issue their tickets only from the city/airport office of AIE and not through travel agent or Air India Express website.
“If the booking is made through any other channel, then passenger will have to cancel such a booking and rebook at the city/airport office to ensure that the UM charge is collected and documentation executed for the UM at the time of booking,” it added.

The Dh165 fee or equivalent will be added automatically by the system when the booking is done at the city/airport office of AIE.

The charge is refundable when the ticket is cancelled. It will be carried forward during modifications to the ticket.
06/12/18 Sajila Saseendran/Gulf News