DGCA steps in to prevent abrupt rise in airfares

In a latest circular, aviation regulator Director General of Civil Aviation directed the airlines to "furnish a copy of the route-wise tariff across its network in various fare categories, in the manner it is offered in the market, to DGCA on the first day of every calendar month".
The circular said that any "significant and noticeable change" in the established tariff already filed, should be reported to DGCA "within 24 hours of effecting such changes".
The regulator also asked the airlines to publish air fares on their websites or in daily newspapers on a regular basis.

The DGCA circular came in the wake of sudden jump in air fares, effected by airlines, during peak travel seasons, causing harassment to travellers.

With suspicions towards cartelisation among airlines emerging after some of them withdrew their low-end air fares last year, the DGCA had then directed all scheduled domestic carriers to give details and justification for their decision to 'simultaneously' raise the prices.
In February 2009 also, the DGCA had shot off letters to all domestic carriers asking for information regarding the hike in airfares and to ensure transparency through advertising.
"Insufficient and inadequate information available in the public domain on airfares" and reports of scheduled airlines charging excessive high tariff for flights across their network during the high demand period was "causing lot of inconvenience to the travelling public and drawing adverse comments on airfares", the latest DGCA circular said.It also asked the airlines to maintain all records pertaining to established tariff in its office for inspection.

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