Airlines in India may have colluded to hike fares - CCI

Antitrust watchdog writes to the civil aviation ministry, seeks information on the pattern of fares since June


Deevakar Anand | December 23, 2010

The competition commission of India (CCI) suspects a cartel among the domestic airlines. Top official sources have told The Indian Express that the watchdog prima facie believed the airlines have colluded to affect a hike in fares.

Last-minute-price of domestic tickets had doubled in mid-November on different routes. CCI has written to the civil aviation ministry asking if the recent hike should not be probed.

Civil aviation minister Prafulla Patel has recently been indicating in his statements that the fare hike issue may be referred to CCI. The antitrust body can also take a suo motu cognizance of the matter.

The regulator, in its letter has sought information on the pattern of fares since June. Such a data is maintained by the directorate general of civil aviation’s (DGCA) tariff monitoring unit (TMU) and is shared with the ministry.

The competition watchdog’s move has concurred with the civil aviation ministry’s move to obtain a feedback on ways to bring transparency in airfare. A group comprising air passengers, airline CEOs and travel experts, a part of the civil aviation economic advisory council (CAEAC) formed earlier this month to look into rising airfares, have been asked by the ministry to submit a report in this regard.

Based on the report’s findings on disparity in airline fares, reduction in domestic fleet size and the ambiguity in tax structure, among other issues, the ministry will recommend measures to the airlines.




Other News

Thackeray launches three fast-track DNA units under Nirbhaya scheme

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has launched three state-of-the-art human DNA units under the Nirbhaya Scheme for efficiency in criminal investigations. A wildlife DNA unit in Nagpur makes Maharashtra the country’s first state to have a forensic testing lab for animals.  

How foreign policy has been Modi’s focus right from the start

The Midway Battle: Modi’s Roller-coaster Second Term By Gautam Chintamani Bloomsbury / 400 pages / Rs 699 Gautam Chintamani, a film historian and author, has penned an in-depth chronicle of prime minister Narendra Modi’s second

Remove unauthorized constructions without pressure: Thackeray to BMC

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has instructed the Mumbai civic authorities to take immediate action on unauthorized constructions on war footing. In a virtual meeting held on Wednesday, Thackeray said no illegal construction will be tolerated in Mumbai and called upon the BMC to

Covid norms relaxed; Mumbai restaurants, shops to remain open longer

After extending timings of shops and restaurants as well as the reopening of cinema halls and theatres under specified SOPs from October 22, in view of the festive cheer, the Maharashtra government has allowed restaurants and eateries to remain open till 12AM and shops and establishments to function till 1

Global Hunger Index data collection flawed: Arvind Panagariya

Rubbishing the recently released Global Hunger Index 2021, wherein India has slipped to 101 position to be placed below Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, Arvind Panagariya, professor of economics at Columbia University and former vice chairman, NITI Aayog, has said that data collection and methodologies used

‘Blue Zones’ concept of healthy living and its relevance in India

A long life span free from diseases and disability, the so-called healthy aging, has been a matter of prime interest to humanity. It is widely held that the life expectancy is a function of interplay between various genetic and environmental factors. There is scientific evidence to support the fact that on

Visionary Talk with Dr Arvind Panagariya, Professor, Columbia University & Former VC, NITI Aayog


Current Issue


Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter