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Air Travel on LTC & Tours – Guidelines

No. 19024/1/2009-E.IV
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure

New Delhi dated the 16th September, 2010

Office Memorandum

Subject: Guidelines on Air Travel on Tours/LTC.

This Department is receiving repeated references seeking clarifications with regard to purchase of Air tickets through authorized agents and relaxation for travel by Airlines other than Indian Airlines. The following guidelines may be noted for compliance:

1. On Official Tours:

(i) For travel by Airlines other than Air India because of operational or other reasons or on account of non-availability of Air India flights. individual cases for relaxation to be referred to M/o Civil Aviation, as stated in this Ministry’s OM No. 19024/1/2009-E.IV dated 13.07.09.

(ii) Air Tickets may be purchased directly from Airlines (at Booking counters/Website of Airlines) or by utilizing the services of Authorized Travel Agents viz. M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company, M/s Ashok Travels & Tours.

2. LTC:

(i) Travel by Air India only.

(ii) In Economy class only, irrespective of entitlement.

(iii) LTC-80 ticket of Air India only to be purchased.

(iv) Air Tickets may be purchased directly from Airlines (at Booking counters/Website of Airlines) or by utilizing the services of Authorized Travel Agents viz. M/s Balmer Lawrie & Company, M/s Ashok Travels & Tours and IRCTC (to the extent IRCTC is authorized as per DoP&T OM No. 31011/6/2002-Estt.(A) dt. 02.12.09).

3. LTC for J&K:

(i) Relaxation to travel by Private Airlines to visit J&K while availing LTC is available to all the categories of Govt. employees, including those entitled to travel by Air [DoP&T OMs No. 31011/2/2003-Estt.(A-IV) dated 18.06.10 and 05.08.10 refer].

(ii) For purchase of Air tickets, however, the procedure as given under para 2 (iv) above should be followed.

4. All Ministries/Departments of Govt. of India are requested to strictly adhere to these instructions.

(Karan Singh)
Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

Original Copy

For your Reference :

CCS (LTC) Rules, 1988 – Relaxation for travel by air to visit J&K – Dated 18th June., 2010

Regulation of journeys by private airlines while availing Leave Travel Concession to Jammu & Kashmir. – Dated 5th August, 2010

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  1. ssp says:

    where indian airlines or air india flights are not oparated ltc by other airlies is permiscible?
    pl reply

  2. I would like to suggest to govt authorities regarding LTC tour, that there should be reserved quota seats in the indian air lines for central govt employee who wish to travel on LTC tour by air so that there all central govt employees can travel by indian air lies to avoid inconvenience. Also whatever authorised agent by govt may open mobile ticket counter to issue air tickets for central govt employee regarding LTC air tickets. Dr. P.R.Chavan

  3. Dr. P.R. Chavan says:

    I would like to suggest to govt employer instead of amount of advance why not issue LTC tickets to employee for travel either NR or J&K ? It may please note that there is not available any ticket counter at tarapur for govt authorised agents. Can open any ticket counter at tarapur for govt employee regarding LTC tickets in future?


    I am a central Govt. Employee entitled to avail AIR economic class and now planning to visit the Andaman Island to be commenced on 29.12.2013. Accordingly I have applied for LTC advance and in turn the FPU unit returned the bill with a comment” the advance will be given 30 days before”.Now the question is that if I not purchased the AIR tickets well before time of my schedule journey, what is the probability of getting tickets before 30 days considering the demand of tickets in those X’ Mass period.

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