Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Kerala floods: Suresh Prabhu says DGCA monitoring airfares but no micro management of airlines

New Delhi: Aviation regulator DGCA is monitoring airfares for flights connecting flood-hit Kerala but it should not be seen by airlines as micro-management by the government as this is a unique situation of ‘humanitarian crisis’, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said Monday.
Amid concerns raised by many including on social media platforms about steep fluctuations in air ticket prices to and from Kerala, where the main airport at Kochi has been shut till August 26, Prabhu said the ministry as such cannot interfere with the fares but it is “doing it” in this time of crisis.
In an interview to PTI, Prabhu said the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is monitoring the movement of airfares. “It is a unique situation. It is a humanitarian crisis… We have told the airlines that it is not a micro-management job,” he said. If there are any complaints, Prabhu said, the DGCA will take care of them.
The minister said airlines have also been persuaded to carry cargo free of cost to Kerala in this crisis situation. “Monitoring of airfare carried out on Aug 20, 2018 has revealed that maximum fares on various domestic non-stop direct routes to/from Kerala and nearby airports remained within the limits specified by DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation),” the ministry said in a release Monday.
20/08/18 PTI/Indian Express