The civil aviation authority mentions that meta-search engines at times do not reflect the actual point-to-point fare and make combinations of multiple airlines to end up with an exaggerated figure.
- The matter came to light after Sanjeev Gupta, secretary, interstate council secretariat, union home ministry, on Saturday tweeted that an economy-class ticket on British Airway’s Delhi-London flight for August 26 was priced at ₹3.95 Lakh He added that economy-class ticket on Delhi-London flights of Vistara and Air India for August 26 was also priced between ₹1.2 lakh and ₹2.3 lakh.
Passengers traveling to international destinations are requested to check the fare preferably from the website of the concerned airline as the metasearch engines at times do not reflect the actual point-to-point fare and do make combinations of multiple airlines and end up with an exaggerated figure,” DGCA said on Tuesday.
Gupta, on Monday, said he “alerted” union civil aviation secretary PS Kharola about this topic.
“Fare of ₹ 3.95 lakh one-way Delhi to London on Aug 26. No, it’s not 1st class. It’s economy on @British_Airways @airindia in @airvistara etc. also 1.2 to 2.3 lakh. College admission time! See minimum fare on @GoogleTravel in August. Have alerted Secretary @MoCA_GoI @JM_Scindia,” read his initial tweet from a thread highlighting the rise in airfares.
In the response, the civil aviation ministry on Monday tweeted: “There are media reports claiming India-UK one-way economy class fares have touched Rs. 4 lakhs. These reports have no proven basis. The veracity of Sanjeev Gupta’s claim has been thoroughly checked by @DGCA India.”
Flight regulator DGCA, on learning about the massive surge in flight fares among India and the UK, has also asked the airlines to submit details about the airfares they have been charging.
“The fares offered on the Delhi-London sector (Economy class) range from 1.03-1.21 lakhs for Indian carriers and 1.28-1.47 lakhs for UK carriers for travel during August 2021,” it added.
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