Life is uncertain and so our plans. Sometimes we make a plan to go for a holiday, but due to some reasons or uncertainties, our trip gets cancelled and the mood gets spoiled. But you know what? The most painful thing is the charges we pay to domestic airlines for the cancellation of flight tickets. Don’t you agree?
If you also feel the same regarding the cancellation charges you pay to the airlines, then let me share with you a recent twist related to the cancellation charges.
Recently, The DGCA or Directorate General of Civil Aviation asked the airlines to provide data on cancellation charges. Further, as per the rules, the cancellation charges cannot be more than the sum of the base fare and fuel surcharge. The sources said.
Therefore, the aviation minister Jayant Sinha has shown his concern over the flat Rs 3,000 as a cancellation fee. According to him, it is too high. So, from now Instead of that flat amount, you will pay now “Rs 3,000 charge or base fare plus fuel surcharge per passenger, whichever is lower. Isn’t good news?
According to the reports, the aviation minister Jayant Sinha said that the cancellation charges are burdensome for the passengers. Further, he added that in many cases the price of the ticket is less than the cancellation charges which is Rs 3,000. The fair of UDAN (subsidised regional flying) scheme is around Rs 2,500 per hour of flying. Therefore, the cancellation charges need to be brought back into balance. He added.
This initiative is a relief for the passengers who feel pain while paying the number of cancellation charges to the domestic airlines. It usually happens when an individual book air tickets in advance and end up losing the amount in case they cancel a plan to travel due to some reason. But now Sinha has ordered to review the amount charged by airlines after the latest hike in cancellation charges.
The policy has now been implementing in accordance with the DGCA rule. The sources added.