GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Finance
(Department of Expenditure)
New Delhi,dated the 13th July, 2009
Sub: Air Travel on official account – both domestic and international
In partial modification of this Ministry’s OM No. F. No. 7(2)/E.Coord/2005 dated 23rd November, 2005 and in supersession of this Ministry’s OM No. 19024/1/E.IV/2005 dated 24.3.2006, it has been decided that in all cases of air travel, both domestic and international, where the Government of India bears the cost of air passage, the officials concerned may travel only by Air India.
2. For travel to stations not connected by Air India, the officials may travel by Air India to the hub/point closest to their eventual destination, beyond which they may utilize the services of another airline which should also preferably be an alliance partner of Air India.
3. In all cases of deviation from these orders because of operational or other reasons or on account of non-availability, individual cases may be referred to the Ministry of Civil Aviation for relaxation.
4. All Ministries / Departments of the Government of India are requested to strictly adhere to these instructions.
5. These orders will also apply to officials in autonomous bodies funded by Government of India.