DGCA asked to provide 5 year data on high density routes

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Published: July 1, 2015 1:07:31 AM

The civil aviation ministry has asked the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to provide it with five years of flight tariff date on high density routes for past five years since 2011, official sources said.

The civil aviation ministry has asked the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to provide it with five years of flight tariff date on high density routes for past five years since 2011, official sources said.

High density routes are those between the metros and some cosmopolitan cities like Bengaluru.

The regulator, however, does not have any software to track historical data on tariff prices and is finding it difficult to compile the data.

“We are trying to collate data from travel portals and other relevant websites, since for most routes we don’t have the data,” sources said.

The aviation ministry has been toying with the idea of capping fares; an official said it would continue to look at the tariff mechanism. Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapati had earlier said airline ticket prices will not be regulated but that is being re-looked at.

On June 2, the DGCA submitted to the ministry a survey, which was based on flight tariffs of 2014, on 18 routes, including metros. The report mentioned that the average airfare for domestic airlines is almost linear due to competition.

The average fare is closer to the minimum fare and the revenue generated by carriers in the highest fare bracket is minimal compared to that generated in remaining fare brackets.

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