Govt Allows WiFi Inside All Flights In India; Data Charges Can Be Rs 1000 / Hour!
Very soon, you will have wifi during the excruciatingly long flight journeys, but it comes at a huge price – literally! Yes, the Union Government has issued a notification that will allow airlines to offer wifi on all aeroplanes offering their services in India.
There is a possibility that this wifi will be priced at Rs. 1000 per hour, which is as much as 30% of their journey tickets.
Which are the airline that will be offering in-flight wifi? What will the price be? Let’s find out more right here!
Union Government Approves In-Flight Wifi Services; Vistara To Be First Airline To Offer Wifi
The Union Government has issued a notification that allowed the airlines that operate in India to offer their customers with wifi services.
As per the notification issued, “The Pilot-in-Command may permit the access of Internet services by passengers on board an aircraft in flight, through Wi-Fi on board, when laptop, smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, e-reader or a point of sale device is used in flight mode or airplane mode.”
There is already an airline that has declared that they will be offering wifi to their customers. The CEO of Vistara Leslie Thng announced at the delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 aircraft at Everett that this would be the first plane in India to give in-flight wifi services.
How Much Will In-Flight Wifi Cost? As Much As 30% Of Your Flight Journey Ticket!
In recent history, there has been news about the wifi connection being available in-flight, thanks to TRAI, who suggested a separate license for in-flight connectivity. As per reports, this would cost around Rs. 500 to Rs. 1,000 for thirty minutes to an hour. The cost would be decided as per the international standards, taking into account the charges levied by the service providers for slots on the satellites.
There are some airlines who offer their passengers Wi-Fi free of cost for services which may not need much bandwidth, such as Lufthansa, Emirates, British Airways and Delta.
But let’s not forget that Jet Airways was the first-ever airline to debut in this category and offer customers in-flight wifi.