Directorate General of Civil Aviation DGCA is inundated with complaints of high
airfares to Kerala, despite the regulator asking airlines to keep
fares to Trivandrum and Calicut under check due to sudden rise in demand on the
sectors following the closure of the flooded Kochi airport.
websites show Delhi-Trivandrum fares for remaining last few seats on direct
flights Thursday in the range of Rs 15,000-36,000 in economy and up to Rs
81,000 in business as the profit hungry airlines continue to violate the
directives of the DGCA. The DGCA had capped the fares from Delhi to
Tiruvananthapuram at Rs ten thousand in the economy class.
DGCA does not have any authority to dictate fares to airlines. It can only
request,” said a senior official. The regulator has set up a 24-hour control
room “to address issues due to suspension of flight operations to /from Cochin
control room received the following queries from the public: Re-scheduling
status of flights… (and) high fare especially on Delhi–Trivandrum sector.
Concerned airlines were advised to keep a check on the fare and cap the maximum
fare on Delhi-Trivandrum sector to Rs 10,000. Airlines have also been advised
to check the fares on other flights going to Trivandrum and Calicut,” the
aviation ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
control room has spoken to Cochin airport for latest update on Cochin weather.
It has been informed water level inside the airport continues to rise and heavy
rain is predicted till Saturday (August 18),” the statement added.
of foreign airlines like Air Arabia, Emirates, Etihad, Fly Dubai, Jazeera, Oman
Air, Qatar, Saudia Airlines and Srilankan have been rescheduled for Trivandrum
airport. Other foreign airlines like Air Asia Berhad, Gulf Air, Kuwait
Airlines, Malindo, Scoot, Silk Air and Thai Air Asia have suspended their flights