Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Civil Aviation
26-April-2012 17:16 IST
Operation of Haj Flights by Air India
Shri Ajit Singh, the Minister of Civil Aviation informed Rajya Sabha today in a written reply that NAS Air, which was the selected airline to carry pilgrims from Srinagar on the basis of the tendering process, had entered into an agreement with Air India to carry pilgrims on the Srinagar-Delhi-Srinagar sector at the fare of US D 450 per pilgrm. Air India was paid by NAS Air for their services.

The Minister further informed that the airline chosen to operate Haj Services was on the basis of tenders in which Air India as also other Indian airlines were invited to participate. The lowest tenderers for each sector were chosen as per procedure.

During the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, Government of India has spent an amount of approximately Rs 477, Rs 895, Rs 690, Rs 600 and Rs 605 crores (excluding service tax) as subsidy on air travel of haj pilgrims, the Minister said.