Sunday, August 14, 2016

Forcing low airfares on Gulf route may attract litigation:Govt

New Delhi: Making Indian carriers offer low airfares on the Gulf route might result in discriminatory pricing and attract litigation by foreign airlines, according to the Civil Aviation Ministry.
The ministry conveyed this view to a Parliamentary panel, which sought steps to ensure that the public is protected from predatory airfares amid persisting concerns over high ticket prices in the Gulf sector.
Dissatisfied with the response, the committee told the ministry that India's case should not be compared with any other country as there is a specific case which needs a "specific solution that is best suited to it in a given situation".
Sharp fluctuations in airfares has been a matter of debate for long and there have been voices from many quarters, including Parliamentarians, to put in place measures to curb volatility in prices.
In its submission to the panel, the ministry said that under Aircraft Rule 1957, every airline is required to establish tariff having regard to all relevant factors including cost of operation and characteristic of service.
14/08/16 PTI/Times of India

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