Parliamentary panel pitches for capping airfares

New Delhi, March 09, 2018: A Parliamentary panel today sought capping of airfares as it expressed concerns over higher ticket prices around festivals and observed developed nations’ pricing mechanisms might not be suitable for India.

The civil aviation ministry “though aware of the rampant exploitation, is not showing any pro-active role in regulating the airfares,” the panel said in a report tabled in the Parliament.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture noted it feels the ministry has “not given serious thought” to its earlier recommendations for effective steps to control the surge in airfares according to economictimes.indiatimes.com.

According to the panel, some airlines are charging more than ten times of the advance booking fare around festivals and for bookings made closer to the date of travel.

Citing rules, the ministry is of the view that airfares are neither fixed nor regulated by the government.

While noting pricing mechanisms applicable in the developed countries might not be suitable for India, the panel said it believes the ministry has a social responsibility towards the citizens.

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