DGCA has come down hard on Airliners following the recent incident where one of the private airliner charged exorbitant “Rs. 35k” airfare charge for a journey from Mumbai to Delhi. When this news was spread across the media, who made lot of hue and cry about it – DGCA intervened and put a rap on operators.
They came up with following guidelines last month:
- Declaring their fares publically on websites and newspapers
- Informing of any change in the prices within 24 hours of changing them
- Furnish a copy of the route wise tariff to the DGCA on the 1st of every month
I was quite sceptical on whether these guidelines will ever be met – But to my surprise, all airlines have swiftly taken action. 7th December was the last date to declare the fares publicly and they seem to have done so without any delays.
All operators, namely Air India Ltd, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, JetLite, Kingfisher Airlines, Paramount Airways and SpiceJet, all members of the Federation of Indian Airlines, have published different fare levels for each route operated on their Web sites yesterday.
Just out of curiosity, I visited 3-4 websites of different Airliners, and all of them had detailed information of air-fares on all the routes.
Here are few links.
Now, one thing is for sure – Operators will surely be wary of increasing the the airfares at will. So, henceforth, if you ever find that a particular route is getting charged more than normal, make sure you check their Airfare sheet to see if the fares are in line with what has been published!