Heeding DGCA directive, six airlines, which along with others almost simultaneously hiked their low-end fares on February 10, have sent their responses to the aviation regulatory body following its warning against any cartelisation move.
As the deadline for their response expired on Saturday, six airlines sent their responses to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), while others said they would submit their’s in two days, official sources said.
In its directive to all airlines earlier this week, DGCA had said it felt that “there appeared to be no rationale for increasing the airfares” simultaneously.
The regulator would now process the responses and decide the future course of action in consultation with the Civil Aviation Ministry, the sources said.
DGCA had said the airlines had hiked their airfares simultaneously in the second week of February and it was “not aware of the reasons for this simultaneous hike, specifically at a time when the ATF prices, effective February 1, 2009, are at the level that they were in 2005.”
The decision to hike fares had led to speculations about cartelisation among the airlines, with Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel warning of “strict action” against any such move.