Air India, the Indian flagship carrier now owned by Tata Sons has announced that it has decided to withdraw its “Free Change” facility for flights ticket booked for travel from India to the United Kingdom, France and Paris.
It’s worth noting that, in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, the airline has been offering Free Date Change and Free Cancellation (in some circumstances) on flight tickets booked for travel from India to UK/FRA/CDG route for the past 18 months.
Now that the Covid-19 situation has been stabilized around the world, countries have begun to relax travel requirements and with travel, conditions have been normalized, Air India has decided to discontinue the FREE CHANGE service, which will only be available for tickets until April 20, 2022.
This means, there will be no option for free change for the sale date of 21 April 2022, and the standard change fee, as specified in the fare rules, will apply.
According to an Air India circular to travel agents, the same has been sent for filing with ATPCo, and the fare regulations will begin reflecting the sale restriction in the free change provision.
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