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Upper-class passengers of Indian Railways likely to shift to air travel by 2020, says blueprint of Indian Railways
A good news for domestic aviation sector has come with the blueprint of Indian Railways being released which reveals that domestic airlines will become the most preferred mode of long-distance travel for upper-class passengers by 2019-2020.

The projection was prepared by the Ministry of Railways on the subject of its future business concerns which states that the railways sector is set to lose its upper-class clientele as the growing domestic airlines sector will absorb them within the next three years, as reported by The Indian Express on Tuesday.

This blueprint has served as a 'wake up call' for the railways sector over losing most of its upper-class passengers who generally prefer travelling by premium trains like Shatabdi and Rajdhani.

According to the blueprint, domestic airlines have recently dropped fares. Speed and shorter travel time have traditionally been the driving factors that attract high-class passengers towards air travel. And these two key factors have played a major role in boosting the aviation sector.

"It is essential that Indian Railways addresses the two key value propositions of airlines passenger business – price and speed – immediately to sustain its core business in the passenger segment in the future," the plan said.

According to the blueprint, nearly 25 per cent of air travel in India happens for inter-city travel within 500 kilometres. This contradicts the belief that air travel is popular only for distances between 800 kilometers and 1,000 kilometers.

The blueprint, an important aspect of the internal assessment report of Indian Railways was commissioned by Union Minister of Railways, Suresh Prabhu. In order to take the corrective measures and renovate its system, the draft was examined by the Railway Board as well.

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