New Delhi, Apr 16: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday said they are monitoring domestic airfares on daily basis and if notice any spurt will engage with the airline for action. “DGCA monitors domestic airfares on daily basis for high density routes and routes where alternate mode of transport is not available or is difficult. “Based on the monitoring process, DGCA engages with the airlines when the spurt in airfares observed at any sector for appropriate action,” the Civil Aviation Ministry said in a statement here.
The aviation regulator held a meeting with the airlines representatives to discuss higher air fares after the debt-ridden airline Jet Airways has suspended its international operations and drastically curtailed its domestic flights. This has resulted in the higher air fares. The Jet Airways is currently flying with 6-7 planes and has suspended its international flights till Thursday in lack of interim funding. It has forced to ground its planes due to non-payment of rental to lessors. During the meeting, the DGCA also advised the airlines to continue to monitor the fares at their level and provide information to the watchdog to keep fares low as far as possible.
“Airlines representative also intimated DGCA that they have removed the few higher buckets from sale and offering tickets to passengers in lower fare buckets. DGCA will continue to monitor fare movement on daily basis and engage with airline for appropriate action,” the statement added. Earlier in the day, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu directed Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola to review cash-strapped airline Jet Airways issues, especially increasing fares and flight cancellations. (UNI)