An Indian airline has promised its solo women passengers they need never travel in a middle seat.
New Delhi-based airline Vistara launched it’s fee-free “Woman Flyer” service in March, promising preferred seating as well as baggage and transport assistance to women traveling alone. Vistara says its initiative will “ensure only window or aisle seats are assigned to solo women travelers.”
The service, which is reportedly used by around 75 to 100 women each day, is dubbed as the first of its kind offered by an airline.”This service is a sincere effort to ensure peace of mind of our women customers,” Vistara’s chief strategy and commercial officer, Sanjiv Kapoor, told Bloomberg.
Several governments include warnings about women’s safety in their notices about traveling to India, with the U.S. State Department cautioning women “not to travel alone in India.” In sexual assault cases in India, “successful prosecutions are rare,” Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises. India is fifth on a list of the 10 most dangerous countries for women travelers, compiled annually by the International Women’s Travel Center, using a variety of sources.
In an effort to tackle the problem of violent crimes against women, India had already introduced train carriages and buses reserved for women and children only.