Airlines to reply on high fares today

“They (airlines) have been asked to submit their responses to DGCA by tomorrow (Wednesday),” new Civil Aviation Secretary Nasim Ahmad Zaidi told reporters after assuming charge from M Madhavan Nambiar here.

Sending a strong signal to domestic airlines over sudden increase in airfares, the Civil Aviation Ministry had warned them of action if they continued with such “predatory pricing”.

The airfares have been almost 25-30 per cent high on several major domestic routes which traditionally experienced high demand even during the non-peak season. Last week, the DGCA had issued a directive to all airlines and sent notices to them asking them to explain why such high prices were being charged.

In addition, the DGCA set up a Tariff Analysis Unit to monitor route-wise tariff across their networks on a regular basis from now on. “We will take action against airlines that violate the price band. In fact, DGCA has sent notices to all the airlines. This kind of predatory pricing cannot be justified and it cannot be allowed to continue,” Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel had said earlier.

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