• House panel for fixing upper limit for economy class airfares

    A parliamentary panel recommended for fixing of an upper limit for the economy class airfares to curb the exorbitant air fares during the peak tourist seasons.
    The panel, headed by Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Kanwar Deep Singh, also recommended to the ministry to ensure that airlines pass on the benefit of the 50 per cent reduction in jet fuel price to the consumers by way of slashing fares.
    The Committee also noticed the airfares are exorbitant during the peak tourist seasons which are also causing hindrance to passenger flow in the country.
    The Committee also recommends that, in view of the predatory charges levied by the airlines during peak times, the Government should fix an upper limit especially in the economy class of airfares so that there should not be unhealthy practice of raising fares exorbitantly by the airliners, the Department-Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture said in its 231st report, tabled in Parliament on Friday.
    Suggesting the Government for launching more flight to the Middle East (where a large number of Indian expats live) especially during the summer holidays to accommodate the peak season demand, the panel said that the Prime Minister in one of his visits to Middle East has already asked the Ministry of Civil Aviation to do something about such prices.
    Prime Minister had last August expressed concern over predatory pricing by the domestic carriers after he reportedly received a representation that airfares are high during the Onam festival that is celebrated in Kerala.
    The Committee received numerous complaints about high air fares and high charges levied by airlines and airports operators making it very expensive for the air travelers, the report said.
    The Committee received comments from the Ministry of Civil Aviation in this matter…Predatory pricing of airfare is hurting not only the individual passenger but country’s economy as well. The explanation given by the Ministry of Civil Aviation is purely technical suggesting that they are unable to do anything under existing laws, it said.  Jordan Berry Womens Jersey

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