Gulf News has reported that India’s national carrier Air India has exempted the UAE from a steep fare hike it implemented for stretcher services from July 20.
The airline had issued an internal circular revising the calculation of international stretcher fares based on International Air Transport Association (IATA) YIF fares, the costliest category, hitting hard patients requiring the service.
Fares were increased four to five times for transporting stretcher-bound patients to different routes in India with immediate effect on Friday.
According to aviation experts, the YIF category fares issued by IATA are higher than the normal business class fares issued by carriers.
Following abacklash from Indian social workers and other community members, the airline on Monday revoked the fare revision in the Gulf sector, sources told the Gulf News daily.
“The fare hike has been retained for other international sectors and the domestic sector, but the Gulf sector has been exempted from the hike,” said a source.
He said the stretcher fare for a patient travelling from Dubai to Delhi, which was around Dh7,000, had been hiked to more than Dh35,000, the most expensive among all the routes from the UAE to India.
The previous fares to other routes in India from Dubai varied between Dh4,600 and Dh7,300.