IRCTC ’s Air Travel packages from Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru

Bengaluru: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has announced air travel packages from January 2017. The packages include both domestic and international circuits with flights departing from and arriving at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA).

According to IRCTC, this is the first time that international air packages operating from Bengaluru have been planned. Last year, IRCTC had introduced customised flight tour packages to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Kashmir and Sri Lanka with flights operating from Chennai.

The first domestic air package is between Shirdi and Nashik (2 nights/3 days) starting on January 13 and first international air package is to Sri Lanka (6 nights/7 days) on January 27. While the former is priced at Rs 9,462 per person, the latter costs Rs 53,100 per person, inclusive of air tickets, accommodation, food, sightseeing and other facilities.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, B Ramesh, Regional Manager, IRCTC Regional Office, Bengaluru, said, “The objective is to provide effective and affordable tour packages. People from across the state can book them though the departure and arrival will be at KIA.”

He added that for now, they have chalked out 12 destinations each under domestic and international packages.

“Under domestic packages, destinations such as Shirdi, Nashik, Andaman, Assam and Meghalaya, among others, would be covered. Sri Lanka, Malaysia-Singapore, Thailand, China, Europe and other destinations would be covered under international tours. Each month, there will be one international tour package,” Ramesh said. Earlier, IRCTC had launched an air travel tour package to Kerala and Goa and flights operated from KIA. IRCTC officials said they have set a target to collect Rs 10 crore from international and domestic air package and Rs 5 crore from domestic air tours.

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