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Private carriers summoned by Competition Commission on scalping charges news
16 May 2011

New Delhi: Officials of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) will question private airlines about scalping charges in the course of the 10-day strike by Air India pilots. The meeting is scheduled for 25 May, a CCI official said.

Officials from the watch-dog body said the new date was set after an initial meeting on Friday last week, when airline officials requested for more time.

The CCI had issued notices to private sector airlines seeking an explanation about allegations that they had hiked fares to cash in on the strike with thousands of passengers stranded after Air India flights were cancelled. Passengers had to shell out between 50 and 75 per cent more for bookings.

Passengers said while the base fare on a Delhi-Mumbai flight, which goes up to Rs2,400-Rs.3,000 for last-minute bookings, went up as much as Rs7,500 on some airlines, resulting in a total one-way cost of Rs11,500, including various taxes.

The CCI has also taken cognizance of the notification issued by aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which has asked airlines to publish the range of their ticket prices - including the highest and lowest fares - that were permanent and could not be superseded under any circumstance.


 





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Private carriers summoned by Competition Commission on scalping charges