Rising airfares: DGCA holds meeting with airlines

With crisis-hit Jet Airways drastically curtailing its operations, there has been an adverse impact on the number of flights being operated on various routes

Updated - April 16, 2019 06:49 pm IST

Published - April 16, 2019 06:32 pm IST - New Delhi

Jet Airways aircrafts. File

Jet Airways aircrafts. File

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) would continue to monitor airfare movements on a daily basis and also engage with airlines for appropriate action, a senior official said on Tuesday amid concerns over rising ticket prices.

With crisis-hit Jet Airways drastically curtailing its operations, there has been an adverse impact on the number of flights being operated on various routes.

As concerns persist on higher air ticket prices, the DGCA on Tuesday held a meeting with representatives of airlines, the official said.

Airlines were advised to continue to monitor at their level and provide information to the DGCA to keep fares low as far as possible, he noted.

“Airlines representatives also intimated the DGCA that they have removed the few higher buckets from sale and offering tickets to passengers in lower fare buckets,” the official added.

According to him, the regulator monitors domestic airfares on a daily basis, particularly on high density routes and routes where alternate mode of transport is not available or is difficult.

Earlier in the day, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu called for a review of issues related to the struggling Jet Airways, including rising fares and flight cancellations.

“Directed Secretary @MoCA_GoI to review issues related to Jet Airways, especially increasing fares, flight cancellations etc,” Mr. Prabhu said in a tweet.

Besides asking Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola to take necessary steps to protect passenger rights and safety, Mr. Prabhu also called for working with all stakeholders for their wellbeing.

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