In a cost-cutting move, debt-ridden Air India has stopped serving non vegetarian meals to economy class passengers of its domestic flights.

"We implemented this move about two weeks back. It is expected to save us Rs 7-8 crore annually," said a senior official, reports The Times of India.

As per a report in The Economic Times, officials claim that this move is a cost-cutting measure as the airline has lately been crippled by ever-increasing debt necessitating certain austerity measures.

However, non-vegetarian meals would continue to be served in business and executive class on domestic as well as international flights, reports The Hindu.

“A full-service carrier like Air India should not resort to such a measure. Even a low-cost carrier gives the passengers their food options. Air India should have conducted a passenger survey before taking this drastic step, and it should immediately withdraw the decision,” said Mahesh Y Reddy, secretary-general of Air Passengers Association of India.

Air India has stopped serving non vegetarian meals to economy class passengers| Source: PTI

Following the announcement, Twitter is getting flooded with reactions with people criticising the move

This is the latest in a series of major cost-cutting measure undertaken by the national carrier in the recent past. Few months back, Air India had stopped serving meat to economy class passengers on flights that were under 90 minutes.

Also, last month, the airline had decided to not serve salads and carry fewer magazines on-board, in an attempt to reduce cabin weight, considering that a lighter plane would burn lesser fuel.