Tag: Capping Of Airfare

Govt’s 2nd Big NO In Just 2 Days,Today’s ‘NO’ For Opaque DGCA

[New Delhi]Govt’s 2nd No In Two Days This Time For Replacement Of Opaque DGCA
Central Govt Has Shelved Its Another Proposal for Civil Aviation Authority
Union Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today said that he saw no need to merely rename the regulator.
The UPA government had proposed to replace Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) having full functional and financial autonomy to give the regulator more teeth.
But the Civil Aviation Minister said.”What is the need for CAA? What purpose will be served by just changing the name? I do not see any reason (to replace DGCA),”
Raju, however, admitted there is “opaqueness” in working of DGCA and promised to usher in transparency in the body in the interest of passenger safety and security.
The Minister said an ambitious plan is being worked out to make the DGCA a more “responsive” and “meaningful” body, which had faced a downgrade on safety grounds during the UPA regime.
The DGCA is expected to make completely online 18 major services including granting of licence to pilots, approval of safety procedures and engineering and flight operations this month as part of its e-GCA (e-Governance in Civil Aviation) project.
His comments come,Through PTI, at a time when there are increasing threats to aviation security worldwide, particularly after the terror attack on Brussels airport in March.
Yesterday Raju Ruled Out any Formulation For Capping Of Airfare

Modi Govt to Soon Announce Mechanism To Cap Airfares

[New Delhi]Modi Govt to Soon Announce Policy to Cap Airfares
Airfares usually go up by around 40-50 per cent during the festive seasons and vacations. The airlines had faced severe criticism when the fares had even touched as high as Rs 50,000 for a one way ticket between Bengaluru and Delhi during the Chennai floods in December last year.
The fares had gone up significantly during the recent Jat agitation as well.
Central Government is now finally going to announce a mechanism soon to curb high airfares and unveil a new civil aviation policy to address all major issues affecting the sector.
The policy may be placed before the cabinet within two weeks.
As per Sources ,Prime Minister Narendra Modi is very keen to have an upper cap on the ticket price and government would announce the measures while taking views of the airlines also
Civil Aviation Minister For State Mahesh Sharma told Agency in an interview.
Aviation regulator DGCA had last week said that discussions need to be held with airlines before any decision on fixing upper cap on ticket prices.
On the civil aviation policy, which is hanging fire since for a long time, the Minister said majority of the issues were sorted out.
New Aviation Policy policy may address all the pending issues including the
5/20 norm,
regional connectivity scheme and the
ground handling issues.
Under 5/20 norm, a domestic airline cannot fly overseas unless it has completed five years of operation on local routes and has a fleet of 20 aircraft.