A Parliamentary Standing Committee on saturday has taken note of the high air fares charged by some domestic airline operators, and held that they are misguiding the public and forcing passengers to pay more.
The Committee also pointed out the wrong information published by the private airlines on their websites, regarding the number of seats left in the flight and hiking the prices of the tickets.
“The level of misinformation can be gauged from the fact that even after the last tickets have been sold, the same number of seats show on the website, as indicated before the tickets sale.This indicates that airline operators are misguiding the public and forcing passengers to pay more,” the panel said in the Demand for Grants (2023-24) report of the Civil Aviation Ministry.
In view of the above, it recommended that the Ministry should formulate appropriate guidelines regarding rationalisation of fares and publishing the correct information on the website of the airlines.
The Committee desired to know whether aviation regulator, the DGCA had at any point of time intervened to check the fares of air tickets.
It also expressed concern at the fact that in the domestic sector, private airlines are charging different fares for the same sector, route and same direction of flights.
This is specifically so for the northeastern region and hilly areas including Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, where the prices of domestic sector tickets are, sometimes, even more than the international airline sector prices.