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100% e-ticketing for airlines industry comes into effect

International Air Transport Association, which represents over 230 global airlines, has bid farewell to the paper ticket. IATA had set a deadline of May 31 to introduce 100 per cent e-ticketing which came into effect worldwide, including India, on June 1, 2008.

International Air Transport Association, which represents over 230 global airlines, has bid farewell to the paper ticket. IATA had set a deadline of May 31 to introduce 100 per cent e-ticketing which came into effect worldwide, including India, on June 1, 2008.

According to IATA, 100 per cent e-ticketing will save up to $3 billion per year. It is estimated that while a paper ticket costs up to $10, an e-ticket costs only $1. [Source: Economic Times]

Besides, electronic tickets are also believed to be environment-friendly and expected to eliminate lost tickets as e-tickets can easily be changed and reissued without necessitating a trip to a travel agency or airline ticket office.

“The paper ticket has served us well, but its time is over. Four years of hard work by airlines around the world mark the beginning of a new, more convenient and more efficient era for air travel,” Giovanni Bisignani, CEO, IATA, has said. [Source: Times of India]

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