Vistara aircraft in Bengaluru, Photograph Courtesy: Venkat Mangudi/Wikimedia Commons

Vistara aircraft in Bengaluru, Photograph Courtesy: Venkat Mangudi/Wikimedia Commons

As exciting as solo travel is, it comes with its challenges. For instance, you can end up feeling lonely while waiting for hours at the airport for a delayed flight. Or you may end up being around someone whose company you may not necessarily enjoy. These and many other scenarios make solo travel a tricky endeavor, especially for women. One of the most common and inconvenient problems faced by solo women travelers while flying is middle-seat allotment. It is often not under their control on account of last minute bookings and they have to make do with whatever seat is assigned to them. As a result, these women are stuck between two seats having to go through a fair ordeal every time they need to move out of their seat. And if it is one of those unfortunate days when the company on both sides is unpleasant, their whole journey turns into a nightmare. But now, in a move that is sure to earn them some quality points with the ladies, Vistara has launched a bunch of free services for the solo women traveler. After taking into consideration the feedback received from their passengers, Vistara had started a scheme called #VistaraWomanFlyer earlier this year. The most important service recently added to this scheme is that they will now assign only window and aisle seats to solo women travelers. Also Read - Domestic Flights Latest News: Insurance For COVID-19 Hospitalisation, Vacant Next Seat | List of New Offers From Private Airlines

Solo Woman traveler

Solo Woman traveler

Solo women travelers can now choose their preferred seats while booking their Vistara flight as well as during web check-in. This means no more inconvenient middle seat adjustments for women with no company on flights. According to Vistara, 70-100 solo women travelers have already availed of #VistaraWomanFlyer services. Other services under this scheme include Vistara staff holding #VistaraWomanFlyer placards to help with baggage claims, and help with cab bookings. A total of 8000 women travelers have signed up for the #VistaraWomanFlyer scheme since its launch in March 2017. With the new added services, this number is bound to increase. Also Read - International Flights: These Are The Destinations Where Indians Want to Fly Once International Flight Operations Resume

The #VistaraWomanFlyer scheme was a result of the airline’s observation that several women travelers required baggage or airport transfer assistance on ground upon arrival. By taking into consideration customer feedback and implementing these changes, Vistara has set a good example for the rest of the airlines. Even as more and more women have started travelling solo, safety and facilities remain areas of concern. The no-middle-seat policy by Vistara and other services offered under the #VistaraWomanFlyer scheme sure look like steps taken in the right direction. Also Read - From Providing PPE to Cabin Crew to Deep Cleaning of Aircraft | Airlines Gear up to Resume Domestic Operations Amid Pandemic

Edited by: Dilip Merala