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Rlys may replace AC-II-tier with AC-III tier in Rajdhanis, Durontos in some sectors

Rlys may replace AC-II-tier with AC-III tier in Rajdhanis, Durontos in some sectors
New Delhi: Indian Railways may replace its AC-II-tier class with the AC-III tier variety in premium trains like Rajdhanis and Durontos in sectors where the patronage of AC-II is low.
Reason: the flexi-fare scheme, a dynamic pricing mechanism that makes majority of the berths in these trains up to 50 per cent more expensive than the base fare. In AC-II tier, fares are working out to be close to, if not costlier than, flight fares in many sectors.
Although the flexi-fare scheme has brought in around Rs 862 crore extra in earnings in a year to Railways, and the segment of reserved passengers Duronto is close to that of low-cost flights, the national transporter is working out ways of replacing the class with t has seen an over five per cent jump in numbers last fiscal when compared to the previous, it has made certain classes like AC-II and and AC- First Class in many sectors less attractive—sometimes even more expensive—for the passengers who may be shifting to flights offering similar fares. In sectors where the AC-II fare of a Rajdhani or Duronto is close to that of low-cost flights, the national transporter is working out ways of replacing the class with t has seen an over 5% jump in numbers last fiscal when compared to the previous, it has made certain classes like AC-II and and AC- First Class in many sectors less attractive—sometimes even more expensive—for the passengers who may be shifting to flights offering similar fares.
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