The Parliament's Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture has advocated for regulation of domestic flight fares. The committee led by YSR Congress MP V Vijayasai Reddy says that domestic airlines increase fares as festivals and holidays approach.
Amid concerns over rising air fares, a parliamentary committee on Thursday proposed setting a maximum limit on air fares on specific routes. The committee has also proposed to set up a separate unit to control air ticket prices. After considering the responses of the Civil Aviation Ministry on air fares, the Committee said that self-regulation of ticket prices by airlines has not been effective.
What is the situation now?
At present, the air fare is neither decided nor regulated by the government. The Parliamentary Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture presented a report on action taken by the government on its recommendations and observations on the issue of determining air fares. The committee said in the report that many such instances have come to light where there has been an abnormal increase in air fares, especially during festivals or holidays.
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This is the opinion of the parliamentary committee
The parliamentary committee is of the opinion that self-regulation of airlines has not been effective. It has also been recommended that a mechanism can be developed to empower the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to regulate air fares.