How to book your IRCTC Air ticket if You are a Government Employee

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Did you know that government officials in India get concessions on their bookings? If you are working for the government of India, then you are eligible for leave travel concession on tickets. Not only this, there is also a special quota for defense personnel to book their tickets at a special fare. Now that you are aware of this special provision made by the government, the next question arises, where can one book these tickets. There are very few platforms that offer LTC tickets and tickets under the defense quota. In early 2022, the Finance Ministry of India declared IRCTC Air as one of the authorized travel agents “in all cases of air travel where the Government of India bears the cost of the air passage.” So, whether you want to book individual flight tickets or bulk, IRCTC Air is your official air ticket partner across all ministries and departments. Here’s how to book flight tickets on IRCTC Air for all government officials.

  • Firstly log on to the IRCTC Air website on Alternatively, you can simply open the IRCTC Air app on your phone.
  • After that select ‘Government Employee’, ‘LTC’, or ‘Defence Fare’ from the given options depending on your requirement.
  • Next, enter details such as origin city, destination city/airport along with other particulars including date of travel, number of passengers, etc., and press on ‘search’.
  • Select the flight which has the ‘Best Available Fare’ on your entitled travel class preferably for a non-stop flight in a given slot.
  • Log in to your existing IRCTC account using the credentials or as a guest user.
  • Review your booking. You can also select a seat of your choice and add a meal.
  • Once you are satisfied with all the details, complete your booking using your preferred payment mode and you’ll receive a booking confirmation on your registered mobile number and email ID.

Before you complete your air flight ticket booking, here are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Make sure that you keep a valid government ID proof while traveling as it will be checked before you board the flight.
  • There is a restricted inventory available for the number of seats under the defense category or LTC in India and the availability of seats is decided on a first come first serve basis. So, if you know that you wish to fly on a specific date well in advance, then you can simply complete your booking early to avoid any last-minute hassle.
  • To avail of the most competitive fares and minimize the burden on the exchequer, ensure that you book flight tickets at least 21 days prior to the intended date of travel.
  • If you come across a flight inventory that is completely exhausted under the defense personnel category, then you can simply choose to fly on a different date.
  • The defense quota category can be availed not only by those who are serving and retired defense personnel but also extends to their dependent family members. This list includes dependent parents, spouses as well as children in the age group of 2 to 26 years.

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