Airlines charge an add-on fee of up to Rs 600 for pre-booking premium seats like those in the front or emergency rows that
have more legroom and window and aisle seats. In June 2013, UPA-II had capped the number of seats for pre-booking at 25 per
cent of the aircraft capacity.
“A number of Indian airlines had requested us to remove the cap. We asked them what percentage of seats are actually being pre-booked by flyers, to which they said 7 per cent. Now we have allowed them to offer every seat in the aircraft for pre-booking,” said a senior official.
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