Railway portal to offer free air travel insurance of Rs 50 lakh

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NEW DELHI: Starting February, you can get travel insurance of Rs 50 lakh for free if you buy air tickets through IRCTC, the e-ticketing and catering arm of Indian Railways.

Private travel portals charge a certain amount for such insurance. IRCTC chairman and managing director M P Mall said the free insurance scheme will be for all air travellers, domestic or international, irrespective of the class of ticket.

Currently, about 5,000 to 6,000 air tickets are booked through IRCTC, officials said.

Travel portals charge a processing fee of up to Rs 200 per ticket but IRCTC charges only Rs 50 and does not impose any charges for cancellation, they said.

The agency is also going to offer hotel bookings through its portal. Last month, Indian Railways had tied up with Air India to offer passengers of Maharaja’s Express luxury train a 17% discount on Air India tickets.

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