DGCA Ques­tions Can­cel­la­tion Fee Hike

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New Delhi: Tak­ing a se­ri­ous note of do­mes­tic air­lines in­creas­ing ticket can­cel­la­tion fees by a sig­nif­i­cant amount, avi­a­tion reg­u­la­tor DGCA has sought an “ex­pla­na­tion” from these car­ri­ers on the ra­tio­nale for such a steep hike. Last week, bud­get car­rier IndiGo had done away with the slab sys­tem for charg­ing ticket can­cel­la­tion fee and made it uni­form at .₹ 2,250. Na­tional car­rier Air In­dia too had in Fe­bru­ary ef­fected a mas­sive hike of .₹ 500 for can­celling its flight tick­ets, which now stands at .₹ 2,000 per ticket.

“DGCA has writ­ten to all the air­lines across board, ask­ing them to ex­plain the rea­son for in­creas­ing ticket can­cel­la­tion fee, which in some cases now is al­most equiv­a­lent to the air­fares charged for a short haul jour­ney,” a source said.

The air­lines have been given time till Fri­day to re­spond, ac­cord­ing to the source.

‘No Plans to Di­vest Air In­dia’ The civil avi­a­tion min­istry on Mon­day al- leged that re­ports on di­vest­ment of Air In­dia was floated by its ri­vals due to fear of com­pe­ti­tion, as the air­line is do­ing well, re­ports Mi­hir Mishra. “A few days back I re­ceived over 30 mes­sages and phone calls in­quir­ing on a story on the gov­ern­ment di­vest­ing stake in Air In­dia,” avi­a­tion sec­re­tary RN Choubey told at an event be­ing held to an­nounce AI’s flight to Vi­enna.

“There is not any di­vest­ment plan for AI. False ru­mours are be­ing spread by those that are jeal­ous. Many par­ties are jeal­ous about AI’s suc­cess,” he added.

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