In a first, Air India to reserve six seats for women on all domestic flights
National carrier Air India will reserve six seats for women on all domestic flights from January 18, onwards.
The airline will reserve the six seats in the third row of economy class for female passengers travelling alone in the aircraft.
Air India's decision comes after a recent on-board incident when a flyer reportedly groped a woman co-passenger on Air India's Mumbai-Newark flight.
“We will be reserving the third row — six seats — in the economy class of the aircraft for female passengers travelling alone,” Air India general manager-revenue management Meenakshi Malik told The Hindu.
“We feel, as national carriers, it is our responsibility to enhance comfort level to female passengers. There are a lot of female passengers who travel alone with us and we will be blocking a few seats for them,” she added.
This is perhaps the first time that such a gender-specific reservation is being implemented in an airline anywhere in the world.