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Government of India
Ministry of Civil Aviation
31-August-2012 17:40 IST
DGCA on Air Fares
It came to the notice of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in March 2012 that certain airline tickets were being sold under opaque/bargain fare wherein the identity of the airline and flight details were not displayed upfront.

DGCA issued a Public Notice directing the airlines to immediately withdraw participation from such schemes. At present, no scheduled domestic airlines is participating in opaque/bargain fares.

DGCA has issued Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) Section 3, series M, Part III on Computer Reservation System (CRS)/Global Distribution System (GDS), which has the provision that subscriber shall not make fictitious reservations in the CRS/GDS and shall not resort to any abusive ticketing practice.

Air fares applicable for domestic passengers are determined by market forces and therefore are not fixed by Government.

With a view to maintain transparency in tariff publication, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has taken following steps:

• Scheduled domestic airlines have been directed to display established tariff route-wise and fare category-wise in their websites, on monthly basis and also to notify any significant and noticeable changes to DGCA within 24 hours of effecting such a change.

• A Tariff Analysis Unit has been set up in DGCA to monitor tariff on regular basis at periodic intervals.

DGCA has not noted any significant hike in fares beyond fare band communicated to it by airlines.

This information was given by the Minister of Civil Aviation Shri Ajit Singh in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.