New Delhi, Aug. 13: Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju has given out a set of instructions to Air India to help it to improve its operations.
According to sources, Raju has given strict orders to the national carrier to improve and maintain its on-time performance.
“Any delay beyond 30 minutes has to be reported to him along with the reason,” said a senior civil ministry official.
The minister has asked the airline to make efforts to fill up more seats and increase the per flight revenue.
A substantial portion of the airline’s business and first-class seats on international routes remain vacant. Sources said the minister had asked the airline to offer seats at discounted rates, if necessary.
The minister has also asked for a report on the route-wise profitability to see which routes need to do better and where the carrier should increase services.
Raju has asked the airline to draw up a plan to rationalise its manpower.
“The minister has said excess manpower be moved to other agencies within the ministry. This will help in managing the carrier better and also reduce costs,” said the official.
AirAsia India has lowered its fares by 20 per cent for a limited period on all its flights. The discounts will be offered till August 17.