Sunday, May 07, 2017

Airlines don't charge passengers arbitrarily: DGCA to High Court

New Delhi: Aviation regulator DGCA has claimed in the Delhi High Court that the airlines do not charge their customers arbitrarily and exorbitantly at the time of agitations in any state of India.

The submission was made by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) before a bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal, which was hearing a plea seeking capping of airfares across the country so that passengers are not fleeced by airlines.

Opposing the plea, the DGCA has told the court that in emergency situations, transportation by road and by rail are affected and only air transportation is available due to which the demand for air travel increases manifold leading to rise in fares.

"However, it is denied that the charges are irrational or arbitrary as the same are governed by the market forces, availability and circumstances," the DGCA has said in its affidavit filed in the court.

The regulator's response came in the backdrop of a notice issued to it by the court seeking its stand regarding the claims made in the plea.
07/05/17 PTI/Business Standard