The government should consider fixing upper limit for airfares across sectors as pricing mechanism followed in the developed world may not suit Indian conditions, a Parliamentary panel said today.
There have been concerns expressed in various quarters about airlines charging high ticket prices.
Against this backdrop, the panel said the Civil Aviation Ministry should consider fixing an upper limit for every sector, especially in the economy class of airfares.
“We are a developing country and many of the pricing mechanisms applicable to the developed countries may not suit the Indian people and Indian conditions,” it noted.
The panel also said that the Civil Aviation Ministry and DGCA should intervene effectively to control the “artificially created exorbitant prices in the Gulf sector”.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is the sectoral regulator.
As per the committee, airfares from airports of Kerala to the Gulf are quite exorbitant compared to foreign carriers.
“Many of the travellers who are utilising the Gulf sectors are migrant labourers and their helplessness should not be exploited by the airlines,” it added. Read More…