The state owned carrier Air India provides concessionary air tickets to the disabled people in the following categories:
- Locomotor disability
- Blind people
- War disabled officers
- Invalid passengers
Concessionary Air Tickets for People with Locomotor Disability
This scheme provides cheaper air fare to those who have mobility related issues. You can avail this facility if you’re an Indian citizen and have 80% or above locomotor disability including the cases of- Paraplegia, Hemplegia, Cerebral Palsy, severe cases of Poliomyelitis, Kyphosis, Muscular Dystrophy and Amputation.
You will get 50% discount on the basic fare in Economy class. Remember that you will not get any rebate on taxes and other charges. Only the basic fare is subsidized in this case.
You can buy such a concessionary air ticket as much as one year in advance. The destination can be anywhere in India. You would need to purchase air ticket at least 7 days before departure to avail the concession.
How to get Concessionary Air Ticket for People with Locomotor Disability?
In case you have Unique Disability ID card, you can also use this card as a document to prove your disabling condition.
If children are accompanying you, they will not receive any concession. However, a concession of Rs. 1000 is available for the ticket of one accompanying infant (a child under 2 years of age).
As I said, you will have to book the ticket at least 7 days before the travel date. The tickets are valid for one year from the date of issue. You are allowed to cancel or change your ticket. The concessionary tickets are refundable. Various fees may be applied in case of cancellation / change / refund of tickets.
You must carry a photo ID document to verify your ID at the time of check-in and boarding. If you do not present a valid ID proof at these times, you will be denied boarding.
Concessionary Air Tickets for Blind People
If a person has 100% visual impairment and she is a resident of India — she will get 50% discount while booking tickets on Air India flights. The destination can be anywhere in India and also the India-Nepal routes. Such tickets will that be of Economy class.
If children are accompanying you, they will not receive this concession. However, a concession of Rs. 1000 is available for the ticket of one accompanying infant.
Ticket needs to be booked at least 7 days before departure. Tickets can be canceled, changed or refunded, if you so desire.
Concessionary Air Tickets for War Disabled Officers
Armed forces officers who became disabled during war time are also allowed concession in air fare. Not only officers but their family members (i.e. spouse, dependent children between 02 and 26 years of age and dependent parents) are also given the concessionary air fare.
To avail this concession, the officer would need to produce the official ID card issued to the serving personnel and dependent card issued to the family members.
Under this scheme 50% discount is given on the basic air fare. The ticket needs to be booked at least 7 days in advance and it will be valid for up to one year from the date of issue. The concessionary ticket(s) can be canceled, changed or refunded.
Concessionary Air Tickets for Stretcher Users
Air India provides a discount of up to 4 times the basic fare for a passenger who is on stretcher. Such a passenger must be accompanied by at least one able bodied person who can take care of the person on stretcher.
Persons who are suffering from contagious diseases or whose behavior might be hazardous to other passengers or the aircraft, will not be allowed boarding.
You will need to submit the performa for Stretcher Passenger. This document would need to be duly filled and signed by the passenger or next of kin or escort and the attending Physician.
If you cancel such a ticket one hour or less before the departure, refund will not be made. Otherwise the ticket can be canceled, changed and refunded.
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