IRCTC launches Android-based mobile app for flight ticket booking


Giving a cutting edge to its air ticket booking operations, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has developed a mobile app that makes booking of flight tickets simpler, speedier and with the lowest fare too.

Flyers have to download the IRCTC Android-based mobile app — IRCTC Air — from Google Playstore, and they have to just SWIPE and SHUFFLE, SELECT and BOOK.

Also, a passenger’s existing IRCTC’s login credentials are applicable on this app too, and there is no need to create a separate user name and password.

A ‘mini Ratna’ PSU of Indian Railways, IRCTC has developed the new app in-house, which enables booking of air tickets for travel within India and abroad at lowest prices.

A maximum of nine passengers can be booked on one PNR through net banking, for only Rs 10 per PNR. As such, the IRCTC app provides the lowest fare available and it does not charge convenience/processing fee. On the other hand, air travel websites charge around Rs. 150-250 per passenger per sector. Cancellation charges of IRCTC are also very low.

If tickets are booked through credit cards, the IRCTC app charges only 1.8 per cent of the total amount, which is less compared to other portals. One can book domestic and international flight tickets on both LCCs (low cost carriers) and FSCs (full service carriers). Also, cancellation refund is done within 30 days.

IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director Dr A K Manocha said air tickets are already being booked on the company’s website. “Now we have gone a step further to provide the facility on Android-based mobile sets. Our server is very fast, and tickets can be booked for both domestic and international destinations round the clock.”

“The mobile app, which has been developed in-house, is yet another testimony to the fact that we have been leveraging technology to provide passenger-friendly facilities. We have only recently forayed into outbound tourism, and the air ticketing segment has huge prospects and opportunities,” he added.

The mobile app is packed with an array of features. It stores a passenger’s previous flight searches and booking history that can easily be retrieved. It provides facility to book LTC flight tickets for holidays. There are multiple options to make payment. Installation of the app is easy and fast and once done, passengers can start air ticket booking straightaway.

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