Now, Deccan Air tickets to be sold at post offices

Written by Prachi Karnik Pradhan | Mumbai, Feb 12 | Updated: Feb 13 2008, 05:48am hrs
In its effort to diversify further into the retail marketing segment, the department of post (DoP) will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Deccan Aviation Ltd (DAL), one of the leading private helicopter and airplane chartering service in India, for sale of the airlines tickets.

The chief post master general, Maharashtra circle MP Rajan told FE on Tuesday, It is for the first time that the airline industry is cashing in on the widespread network and reach of the postal department which extends to almost every village and town in the country. The postal department and DAL have yet to identify the post offices in the Maharashtra circle. However, the airline has already launched its pilot project with the Karnataka circle.

DAL is selling tickets in Karnataka circle from 500 post offices with Internet access.

Rajan said that the postal department will serve as a travel agent, which will be entitled to earn a 5% commission on the tickets, the carrier pays to its agents.

Meanwhile, the department also proposes to set up a e-ticketing facility at post office within the vicinity of the airports for the convenience of air passengers who wish to do railway bookings instantly for their future journey. The department is working out the modalities and is likely to set up the infrastructure including computers with broadband Internet links at the post office. We would provide training to our staff for the job, Rajan said.

According to Rajan, Indian Railways would soon sign a MoU with the DoP to sell railway tickets through post offices across the country. Initially, the rail ticket reservation could be made from select post offices in key cities.