After TRAI’s Order, You’ll Have To Shell Out 30% More For In-Flight Wi-Fi
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, on January 19th, issued its recommendations on in-flight connectivity (IFC), under which airlines will be allowed to offer both these services to flyers with certain conditions put in place for security reasons. While the internet can be provided from the moment a plane takes off, mobile services can be allowed when aircraft are over an altitude of 3,000 meters.
Following TRAI’s order, airlines are considering options to introduce this facility. But travelers may have to shell out extra for this added comfort. The extra charges can be around 20% to 30%.
Officials said the charges for in-flight net connectivity would range from Rs. 500 to Rs. 1,000 for thirty minutes to an hour, according to international standards and taking into account the charges levied by service providers for slots on satellites.
However, this might prove too expensive for travelers on short, domestic flight. TRAI’s order permitting in-flight net connection would be an advantage for flights that traverse the peninsula on intercontinental routes.
Airlines are concerned that except for business-class travelers, there won’t be many takers for this benefit, even on international flights.
A few of the airlines that already provide Wi-Fi services to their passengers traveling abroad are Lufthansa, Emirates, British Airways, and Delta. The internet services do not use much bandwidth, and because of this, the passengers enjoyed the data services for free.