Friday, 9 February 2018

[] This Pune Initiative Is Offering Discounted Flight Tickets to Defence Personnel & Their Families!


This Pune Initiative Is Offering Discounted Flight Tickets to Defence Personnel & Their Families!

Every day, across airlines in India, almost 40,000 seats go vacant. Despite this happening, more than 5000 jawans from our armed forces travel in the general compartment every day due to unavailability of confirmed train seats.

Recognising this problem two engineers from the Army Institute of Technology, Pune, Varun Jain and Ravi Kumar, founded udChalo in 2012.

The intent of this organisation is to make use of the vacant airline seats by offering them at a discounted rate exclusively for those in the Indian armed forces, which includes ex-servicemen and dependents.

Based in Pune, this organisation offers services both offline and online. Their physical counters are present inside Army cantonments, at the SSB and ASC centers in Bengaluru, DIAV in Delhi, BEG Centre in Pune, and MH Kirkee.

Speaking about the people who work with udChalo, she says, "Everyone associated with us is in some way connected to the armed forces. Either they have served or are retired from service. We also have a war widow who works with us."

"We have seen many first-time flight users, and the queries they ask us are usually all about the procedure. How much before a flight should we reach the airport? What documents should we carry with us? How much luggage will be allowed?" says Aditi.

Currently one can find an udChalo counter in more than 18 places, which include Leh, Uri, Shillong, Siliguri, among others. The list has only been increasing since the inception.

full article in the link below 


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