India: New Program Expected for Rail Passengers

India: New Program Expected for Rail Passengers

Indian railways, which transport far more passengers daily than Indian airlines, will soon be introducing a frequent travel program to keep as many customers as possible earth bound.

Railway Minister Nitish Kumar told the Business Standard that the program would be available for three categories of travelers — first AC, second AC and chair cars. The program would reward rail travelers with complimentary trips after a set number of annual paid trips.

“The scheme would involve one free trip on the lines of the frequent flyer programme of airlines,” Kumar said. “We do not think there is any competition from the low cost airlines. The details of the scheme would be worked out by the ministry.”

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