No chicken or fish to save crores a year.

Air India stops non veg meals on domestic economy class earns mixed response on Twitter
Social Air India Monday, July 10, 2017 - 14:47

National carrier Air India, that has been struggling with rising debts, has found a solution to plug some of the money drain. Stop serving non-vegetarian meals to economy class passengers on its domestic flights.

However, non-veg meals will be continued to be offered on international flights and to business and executive class flyers on domestic flights.

This comes at a time when the airline has been struggling with mounting debts and losses and the move is reportedly expected to save them Rs 7-8 crore annually.

"Air India has taken conscious decision not to have non vegetarian meal in economy class on its domestic flights to reduce wastage, reduce cost and improve catering service," GP Rao, AI spokesman GP Rao, told The Times of India.

The airline also said that this will avoid the possibility of mix-ups, apart from a rise in demand of vegetarian meals.

"It also eliminates the possibility of mix-up: a non-veg meal getting served to a vegetarian passenger, as it had happened a few times in the past,"  AI Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani told The Hindu.

Meanwhile, Twitterverse is bursting with views on whether this is a good move or not.

A few have been supportive of the airline stating that it was only implementing cost-cutting initiatives, stating that the problem was less with Air India and more social, with Indian vegetarians being intolerant in general.

Some said that passengers ought to be given a choice about what food they would want to eat and some suggested it was discrimination to serve non vegetarian meals only to business class passengers.

And of course there were those who took a dig at the airlines.