Flying gets costlier as airlines like IndiGo, SpiceJet hike rates

airlinesNEW DELHI: All aisle and window seats on IndiGo flights will cost more, if pre-booked. This follows the DGCA’s nod to airlines to pre-book all seats.

Booking a seat in the front or emergency rows will cost Rs 600 and booking the window and aisle seats in rows 2 to 11 will cost Rs 300. IndiGo now offers window and aisle seats of rows 14 to 29 (12 and 13 are emergency exit rows that have extra legroom) for Rs 200.

Jet Airways and IndiGo have also announced a steep hike in ticket cancellation charges. While IndiGo earlier had a flat fee of Rs 1,500 for cancellations made up to two hours prior to departure time, it now has four slabs. People cancelling two to 48 hours before departure will have to pay Rs 2,250. The fee will be Rs 2,000; 1,500 and 1,250 for cancellations made 48 hours, seven to 30 days and more than 30 days before departure time, respectively.

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Mehair to expand operations in Maharashtra & Rajasthan

airlines latest news indiaMUMBAI: After launching its first intra-state flight services in Gujarat, city-based seaplane operator Mehair is now planning to expand its operations to Rajasthan and Maharashtra.

In January, Mehair had launched the first intra-state flight connecting Ahmedabad and Porbandar in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat.

“Taking a cue from the response and lessons learnt from the Gujarat project, we now plan to start similar services in Rajasthan and Maharashtra as well,” Mehair co-founder and director Siddharth Verma told here.

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Air travel in India sees 17.9% rise in March: IATA

air-travelNEW DELHI: Air travel demand in India rose by nearly 18 per cent in March, more than-two fold of the global average, on account of improved economy and market stimulation by way of heavy discounts offered by the Indian airlines during the period, the IATA today said.

Domestic air travel rose by 8 per cent in March year-on-year, driven by growth in China and India, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in its monthly global traffic data report.

China logged the highest growth in domestic traffic worldwide at robust 22 per cent during the reporting month, it said, adding, March international passenger traffic rose seven per cent compared to the year-ago period while capacity surged by 5.4 per cent with seat occupancy in the passenger planes increasing 1.2 per centage points to 78.9 per cent.

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Parliamentary panel seeks regulation of airfares

parliamentary-panel-seeks-regulation-of-airfaresNEW DELHI: With airfares witnessing sharp fluctuations, a Parliamentary panel today pitched for regulation of air ticket prices to ensure that they remain within a “reasonable range”.

Observing that currently there is no transparent mechanism to regulate airfares,the panel said even the benefit of reduction in the price of ATF (Aviation Turbine Fuel) is not passed on to passengers.

The observations have been made by the Department-Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture in its report on Demands for Grants of the Civl Aviation Ministry.

Airlines are free to charge as much as they can and travellers are caught unaware about the fares, it said.

Noting that the existing system has not worked, the panel said it “strongly feels that this is high time now that the Ministry must step in by putting a regulatory mechanism in place to see that airfares remain within a reasonable range”.

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Air traffic rose by 20% in quarter, less ocupancy in March

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NEW DELHI: India’s air passenger traffic rose by an impressive 20.57 per cent in the March quarter over the same period a
year ago.

However, the carriers filled less number of seats in March against February, according to the data released by the DGCA.

Nine Indian carriers together flew a total of 185.46 lakh passengers in the March quarter of the previous fiscal as against 153.81 lakh passengers ferried by them in January- March quarter of financial year 2013-14.

At the same time, the load factor of the domestic airlines in March this year has shown decreasing trend compared to previous month due to end of vacation period of various sectors, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said.

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