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Ensure children up to 12 yrs are allocated seats with their parents in flight: DGCA tells airlines

The directive comes against the backdrop of instances of children below the age of 12 years were not seated along with their parents or guardians during the flight.
Last Updated : 23 April 2024, 07:05 IST
Last Updated : 23 April 2024, 07:05 IST

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New Delhi: Aviation watchdog DGCA has asked airlines to ensure that children up to the age of 12 years are allocated seats with at least one of their parents or guardians in a flight.

The directive comes against the backdrop of instances of children below the age of 12 years were not seated along with their parents or guardians during flights.

"Airlines shall ensure that children up to the age of 12 years are allocated seats with at least one of their parents/guardians, who are travelling on the same PNR and a record of the same shall be maintained," the DGCA said in a statement on Tuesday.

In this regard, the regulator has revised the Air Transport Circular titled, 'unbundle of services and fees by scheduled airlines'.

As per the norms, some services like zero baggage, preferential seating, meals/ snack/ drink charges and charges for carriage of musical instruments are permitted.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said that such unbundled services are provided on an "opt-in" basis by airlines and are not mandatory in nature.

"There is also a provision for auto seat assignment to the passengers who have not selected any seat for web check-in before scheduled departure," the statement said.

India is one of the world's fastest growing civil aviation markets and domestic air traffic is on the rise.

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Published 23 April 2024, 07:05 IST

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