It has also sent the report to CCI, urging the latter to take suo moto action.
The report says that there was no transparent mechanism to charge fuel surcharge and “the increases are ad hoc and arbitrary.”
The report also mentioned that strict action has been taken against air cargo transport cartel in several other countries.
“We need to find out if the pricing has been determined in a fair manner as cartels can be detrimental to the growth of the economy and here we find that most of the airlines have resorted to similar hikes in prices and done around the same time,” Pradeep S Mehta, secretary general, CUTS said.
According to the report, the ministry of civil aviation and the director general of civil aviation have in the past issued warnings to many Indian carriers asking them to desist from increasing fares in tandem.