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Travel agents to stop sale of Lufthansa tickets

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Mumbai , April 6

REPRESENTATIVES of the major travel agent associations on Wednesday reiterated solidarity in their campaign against the national carrier's move to reduce the commission to 5 per cent from 7 per cent.

At a meeting here, the five major travel agent associations, namely TAFI (Travel Agents' Federation of India), IAAI (IATA Agents Association of India), IATO (Indian Association of Tour Operators), ADTOI (Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India) and ETAA (Enterprising Travel agents' Association), also reiterated their decision to observe a nation-wide strike on Friday and to stop sales of Lufthansa in the next stage of their protest.

They have targeted the German national carrier as they feel it has been behind Air-India's decision to reduce the rate of commission.

They claimed that the consolidators or large agents had extended their support to the strike proposed on Friday.

According to an agent, Air-India has lost about 35 per cent of the Rs 2,500 crore of business handled by the smaller agents, since the agents began the boycott of the airline on April 1.

According to the agent, the national carrier had an annual turnover of Rs 5,000 crore. Of this, consolidators or the large agents accounted for Rs 1,000 crore of business, followed by MNCs and Government, which accounted for Rs 1,500 crore, and Rs 2,500 crore that was handled by the smaller agents.

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