Air India has decided to take off non vegetarian food from its menu in economy class on its domestic flight.
AI said the move was aimed at reducing wastage and costs, and to improve catering service.
The airline will save up to Rs.10 crore annually if it stops non veg food , according to estimates.
Air India spends around Rs 350-400 crore annually on its catering services.
The move, however, has evoked sharp reactions from politicians and passengers.
D Sudhakar Reddy, President of the Air Passengers Association of India, said
“This is not acceptable. The airline is discriminating among passengers in the same aircraft. It’s division based on class. We will take this issue up with the authorities.”
He added that Air India had lost customers because of its “shoddy” performance and “low quality” of services.
AI issued a circular in 2015 saying that non veg meal would not be served for journeys less than 90 mins.