DGCA directs airlines to withdraw online cheap ticket deals with incomplete flight details

Government will replace DGCA with more powerful Civil Aviation Authority

New Delhi/March 8

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has directed airlines for withdrawing online ticket sales through travel portals which sell airline tickets under cheap fare deals wherein the identity of the airline and flight details are not displayed upfront.

K C Venugopal, Minister of State for Civil Aviation said that (DGCA) has received complaints from some domestic airlines in March 2012, that certain on-line travel portals were selling airline tickets under opaque/bargain fare wherein the identity of the airline and flight details were not being displayed upfront.

Venugopal said that acting upon the complaints, DGCA had stepped in and issued a Public Notice directing the airlines to immediately withdraw participation in any such scheme where the complete information about the carrier is not revealed upfront.
Venugopal further stated that Union Government has decided to replace the present Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) with more powerful Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). “The proposed Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will have adequate financial and administrative flexibility to meet functional requirements for an effective safety oversight capabilities over air transport service operators, air service navigation operators and operators of other civil aviation facilities, development and standardization of civil aircraft and aeronautics, matters relating to financial stress on safety of operations, consumer protection and environment regulation in civil aviation sector and for matters connected therewith and thereto,” added Venugopal.