Oh oh!! Too little, too late!! After rush season of Diwali vacation ended on Sunday, the airlines offices will start working on Director General of Civil Aviation(DGCA) circular on ticket prices. The circular was issued just on 19 November, two days before the Diwali vacation ends!!
So DGCA kept its eyes closed for entire Diwali season when private airlines looted the customers by increasing ticket prices as high as upto 300%, and after 15 days post Diwali when rush is set to decrease, DGCA issues circular that mentions nothing significant but just asking for more transparency in ticket prices.
Following is DGCA release:
In view of insufficient and inadequate information available in the public domain on airfares and reports of scheduled domestic airlines charging excessively high tariff for various flights across their network during the high demand period, causing lot of inconvenience to the travelling public and drawing adverse comments on airfares, the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued Air Transport Circular 2 of 2010 on 19th Nov 2010 to all airlines.
In order to maintain transparency in tariff publication, all the scheduled domestic airlines have been directed to ensure the following:
a) Furnish a copy of the route-wise tariff across its network in various fare categories, in the manner it is offered in the market, to DGCA on thefirst day of every calendar month. Any significant and noticeable change in the established tariff so filed with DGCA shall be reported to DGCA within 24 hrs of effecting such changes.
b) Maintain all records pertaining to established tariff in its office.
c) Publish airfares on their websites or in daily newspapers.