Air India has roughly around rupees 250 crore of Covid-19 linked travel refunds to passengers pending.
The national carrier has said that it is accelerating the process and also the process of refunds had already begun in the beginning of July, despite its revenues being severely hit due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As per to a report by a leading daily, the national carrie said, “Air India is opening automated refunds in India and abroad. We have cleared about Rs 130 crore of refunds in the previous month and are planning to expedite the process.”
The development comes when the union government is looking forward to privatise the national carrier.
Airlines such as IndiGo have already cleared the refund process and the airlines had stated in March that it has processed 99.5 percent of Covid-19 refunds.
Although, as stated by the daily, the refund process has been delayed for Air India as the cash-strapped carrier focused to manage cash flows.
For the time being, the travel operators and online travel platforms have been receiving refunds from other airlines in portions to be passed on to passengers.
As the deadly Covid-19 pandemic wreaked destruction in the country and flights were cancelled amidst a travel ban.
The airlines were asked to give full refunds by the Supreme Court of India to the passengers who had canceled their tickets for both domestic and international flights between March 25 and May 24.