Thursday, August 22, 2019

10 fold rise in air fares: Kerala HC seeks government's views

Kochi: The Kerala high court has sought the views of the Central and state governments on a petition seeking an order to fix minimum and maximum fares for international and domestic flights.
Justice Shaji P Chaly asked the governments to respond after considering during admission hearing a petition (WP-C No. 22581/2019) filed by Abdul Azeez Kaliyadan of Thirunavaya in Malappuram through advocate JR Prem Navaz. Rise in air fares between airports in Kerala and the Middle East, USA, and Europe are being questioned in the petition.
The petitioner, who runs a supermarket in Abu Dhabi and uses the economy class to travel, is questioning the alleged exploitation of airlines by arbitrary raising of ticket fares, resulting in tickets being prohibitively expensive. Transportation by air is a public service and only because the aircrafts are owned by private persons, they cannot be given the licence for overcharging, the petition said.
NRIs, who play an important role in the economic development of the country, are being robbed by airline companies when they travel to India during their holidays such as Onam, Ramzan, Christmas, etc. They are now constrained to celebrate the holidays abroad. Such a situation is because of the fact that there is no cap on minimum or maximum airfares, even though Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is authorized to regulate as per Rule 135 of Aircraft Rules, 1937.
22/08/19 Mahir Haneef/Times of India
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