Wednesday, December 27, 2006

SpiceJet in talks with Tata-AIG to cut for delays

Only a few days after Air-India became the first airline in the country to invite bids from insurance firms for coverage against losses arising out of foggy conditions, the low-cost airline, SpiceJet, is also in advanced talks with Tata-AIG for an all-delay cover to minimise losses due to fog delays.
SpiceJet is likely to charge between Rs 15- 50 per ticket for providing insurance for delays, a source said. However, the insurance cover will be optional for passengers. The airline has already got in place an insurance cover for loss of baggage but passengers, at present, are not being charged for it. SpiceJet has a fleet of 10 new generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Industry sources say the fog-related delays are particularly hurting the low-cost carriers as they have higher flying hours and tight schedules. A low-cost career loses anything between Rs 4 -7 lakh per aircraft per day due to fog-related delays.
27/12/06 Atreyee Dev Roy/Financial Express