Monday, February 27, 2017

Air passengers body stresses on safety rules

The Air Passengers’ Association of India (APAI), which had its executive committee in Mumbai this weekend, has pulled up airlines for losing focus on air safety at a time when the aviation industry is witnessing an aggressive capacity expansion. It has also sought a pricing authority to keep air fares in check.

D. Sudhakara Reddy, founder and national president of APAI, urged all air carriers to take utmost care to ensure safety and security of passengers and asked regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to take stringent action against airlines that don’t adhere to rules. “Recently, there were several reports of mishaps being averted in the aviation sector in India. It is incumbent on the airlines to scrupulously follow the guidelines of the DGCA to ensure zero tolerance to such incidents,” Reddy said.

APAI also demanded a National Aviation Pricing Authority on the lines of the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority. “A pricing body will decide the floor and ceiling of fares, thus holding tight control in this space,” he added.
27/02/17 Aditya Anand/Mumbai Mirror