A group has urged an airline to reduce the repatriation costs of mortal remains to India. Yathra – Air Passengers’ Right Protection Council in a meeting with Air India’s Bahrain country manager Saket Sharan and sales manager Narayana Menon discussed the various needs of travellers.

Air India Express will soon be operating direct flights from Bahrain to Kannur International Airport, the management announced during the meeting. The national carrier earlier had decided to fix the repatriation costs of mortal remains from UAE to India at Dh1,500 for adults and Dh750 for children under the age of 12. They decided to stop levying repatriation costs depending on the weight of the remains and destinations within India.

The Air Passengers’ Right Protection Council urged the management to make the repatriation costs from Bahrain to be equivalent to that offered to the UAE of BD 150.As of now, the cost of repatriation from Bahrain is 225 dinars in addition to this price, other tax prices will be charged. The group also requested for the management to enable Visa messages to send online.The repatriation cost from Saudi Arabia is 2,200 Saudi riyals, Kuwait is 175 dinar, Bahrain is 225 dinar, and Oman to India is 160 Omani Riyal.

Yathra council advisor KT Saleem and other member were present at the meeting.