The great Indian ‘jugaad’ has failed this time. People were lining up at airport counters of airlines to buy tickets using their stack of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes+ .
On Thursday evening, airlines said that the tickets being sold like this will be “strictly non-refundable and won’t be cancelled”. SpiceJet confirmed this move and Vistara tweeted about it.
“We got instructions from the DGCA to do so. They, in turn, got their orders from the highest level of government (read PMO) as the relaxation was meant to ensure genuine travellers do not face hardships. This was not meant to be misused as a old-to-new note conversion trick,” said a senior airline official.
The mad frenzy among people to get rid of their ‘unaccounted’ notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 has seen airlines witness a mad rush at airport counters from soon after PM Modi’s dramatic announcement on Tuesday night. Airline counters at airports were among the few places allowed to accept these high denomination currency till Friday-Saturday midnight. Rob Kelley Jersey