Air India Express to offer Online Visa

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Air India Express, the low-cost arm of India’s national carrier Air India, is set to offer online UAE visa service, the airline’s top officials said in Dubai on Sunday.

Air India Express (AIE) CEO K. Shyam Sundar announced at a Press conference that the airline was in the process of developing the online UAE visa service facility.

Speaking to Khaleej Times later, he said the service is expected to be launched by March 31.

Timed just ahead of summer vacations in Indian schools, the launch of the service is likely to offer a major boost to the airline’s business on the India-UAE sector, where it faces tough competition.

“It will be a great facilitation for people residing here to call their friends and relatives here for short visits,” said Sundar.

“It will even benefit holidaymakers from India to make short visits to Dubai, Abu Dhabi etc,” he said.

Prem Sagar, manager, AI and AIE (Dubai and Northern Emirates), said the airline was working with its representative agency, Arabian Travel Agency, in the UAE to offer the online visa service.

Officials said the service will be offered at competitive rates. “Anybody taking an AIE ticket and taking a visa separately will find it cheaper for him to take both the ticket and the visa from us,” said Sagar.

Sundar, who is in town to open a new, dedicated satellite office for AIE in Sharjah, said the airline was devising more inventive measures to boost its profitability from the UAE sector.

The new office is equipped to handle all reservations and ticketing requirements including sale of ancillary services. More such offices are planned to be commissioned in other places in the near future, he said.

The launch of the service is likely to offer a major boost to the airlines business on the India-UAE sector helping short-term visitors especially kin of expats.

Prem Sagar K. Shyam Sundar and Melwin D’Silva regional manager Gulf Middle East and Africa of Air India during a Press conference in Dubai on Sunday.

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