Monday, August 20, 2018

Kerala floods: Airlines respond to Suhel Seth's tweet about flight fares going up, say prices capped following DGCA guidelines

A tweet by Suhel Seth slammed airlines for hiking fares of their flights to and from Thiruvananthapuram during Kerala floods. However, airline sources speaking to Firstpost said, all airlines have capped their fares following the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)’s guidelines.

Airlines have been requested to cap the maximum fare around Rs 10,000 on longer routes and around Rs 8,000 on shorter routes to or from Kerala and nearby airports, an ANI report said.

Raising the issue of Seth's tweet, sources also said that the tweet has to be seen beyond what he has posted on his Twitter handle. There is a misconception because of certain screenshots that are shared by people on WhatsApp, an airline source told Firstpost.

“What were the search words for the booking made by the customer? Was it for a direct flight? Sometimes, flights can have two or more stopovers and this will be factored into the fare,” the sources said. In reality, if you do a comparison, there won’t be a equity of fares at all, they said. It depends on the frequency of flights to the city, what time is the flight (depending on the number of flights and the numbers into a city), etc.
20/08/18 Sulekha Nair/First Post

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