Government-run Airports to offer Tea, Snacks at Affordable Rates

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The Airport Authority of India (AAI) said that airports to offer tea, snacks at affordable rates at some counters in government-run airports in the country.

The counters have already started offering a few beverages and packaged drinking water at affordable prices for the passengers benefit, said an AAI official.
The move comes after purposeful complaints by passengers about the sky-high rates charged for food and beverages at the terminals of the airports.

HAS BEEN AN ISSUE RAISED IN PARLIAMENT

The issue has also been raised by MPs in Parliament time and again.

In March this year, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram had taken to Twitter to vent his ire over the high price of a cup of tea at the Chennai airport, which he declined to have.

The AAI official said the counters will be available in more than 90 airports across the country, barring the big ones such as New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru which are operated by private players.

AIR TRAVEL AND PRICES

These days, air travel hasn’t remained confined to the elite only. People from all segments of the society are travelling by air, especially after the UDAN scheme was launched, but have limited options when paying a premium for tea and snacks at the airport. The counters will bring a relief to them.

– PTI quoted the AAI official

Passenger traffic in Indian skies has witnessed an exponential growth over the last three to four years, growing at a rate of 20-25 percent.

According to a Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) report, domestic carriers carried 11.6 million passengers in July, up by 21 percent compared with the same month last year.

A communication was sent to the airport directors last month for separate counters. Tenders would be floated soon to have a master concessionaire to provide food at affordable price, the official said.

As per the communication, the company running the food courts have been asked to run a separate counter where selected items can be offered at reasonable rates.…

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20 Free Things for Travellers to enjoy at Airport

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There aren’t a lot of people in the world who haven’t been stuck at an airport at some point in their life. here are Free Things for Travellers to enjoy at Airport while connecting flight has been delayed because of mechanical work, or maybe bad weather in another part of the world is slowing things down where you are. It’s a hazard when you fly and the worst part is there is absolutely nothing you can do to avoid it. It’s completely out of the traveler’s hands.

Back about ten years ago or so there was nothing to do when this happened. You could only hope to find something to entertain you and keep you occupied until it was time to board your next flight. If you were lucky you might be able to find a normal person to talk to, to kill the time, but don’t hold your breath on that. You’ll come across all kinds at the airport for sure.

In today’s times though, the airports have finally caught up with the demands of travelers. Now if you are delayed somewhere you can find any number of things to do, absolutely for free. All you have to do is just ask someone. You’ll be amazed at some of the things available to you free of charge.

It doesn’t have to be a delayed flight type of thing either. If you need help with a language barrier, disability, or just about anything at all, help is available to you for free in most cases if you just ask someone. When you read on here today you’re going to be amazed at the things you can get for free just by using your words and saying ‘please’!

20 Free Things

20. FREE PHONE CALLS TO SAVE YOUR BATTERY

If you are stuck at an airport between flights and are trying to save your phone battery, you’re in luck. Several airports have phones available for you to use for free, all you have to do is ask where they are.

Places like Denver International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport have clearly marked phones for you to use for your local or long-distance needs. They only ask that you keep your calls to five minutes or less because they want as many people to be able to take advantage of them as possible.

19. FREE BLOCKBUSTER

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