DGCA Questions Cancellation Fee Hike
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.