'Want a window seat?' This Indian airline introduces seat-selection fee

India Business News MUMBAI National carrier Air India on Monday introduced seat-selection fee for most rows on domestic and international flights

India Business News MUMBAI National carrier Air India on Monday introduced seat-selection fee for most rows on domestic and international flights

Air India, which earlier charged for front-row seats on long-haul flights, has now introduced fee to select middle seats as well as window and aisle seats on most rows, on domestic as well as worldwide flights.

According to reports, the airline earlier charged only for the front row seats on long-haul flights. With the newly imposed middle seat selection fee or "family fee" - as termed in certain countries - the ailing airline hopes to earn a bit more from ticket margins and match worldwide standards.

According to a report in the Times of India, Air India issued a circular to travel agents listing the rates for various seats in the plane. On worldwide flights out of India, the fee is Rs 200 on most routes, except on flights to Kathmandu, where it's Rs 100.

According to new rules, the fare for middle seats on domestic flights starts at Rs 100 and if chooses window or aisle seat then he or she has to Rs 200. The emergency exit row fee is between INR 800 and INR 1,500 depending on the route, while the window/aisle seat fee is between INR 240 and INR 1500. For the US-India routes, the middle seat fee is INR 197, and for the emergency row exit seat, a passenger will have to shell out INR 3282 approx.

Vistara is now going to be the best airline for passengers traveling with kids and due to the and the fee is only for the middle seats situated in the emergency exit row due to this will arrive with extra leg room also. If they want to save and yet ensure that at least one parent is seated next to the child, they will have to pay at least $18 and book a window or an aisle seat and the middle seat.

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