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Will continue to monitor fare movement on daily basis, engage with airlines for appropriate action: DGCA 

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 16, 2019, 06.08 PM (IST)

Indian aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Government of India (DGCA) on Tuesday said that it continues to monitor the rise in domestic airfares and is engaging with airlines "when spurt in airfares is observed at any sector for appropriate action". 

"We monitor domestic airfares daily particularly on high-density routes and routes where an alternate mode of transport is not available or is difficult. Based on the monitoring process, DGCA engages with airlines when spurt in airfares is observed at any sector for appropriate action," the statement read. 

Today again DGCA held a meeting with airline representatives on the "issue airlines were advised to continue to monitor at their level and provide information to DGCA to keep fares low as far as possible." 

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The DGCA apprised media of the fact that various airlines representative intimated DGCA that they have removed the few higher buckets from the sale and offering tickets to passengers in lower fare buckets. 

"DGCA will continue to monitor fare movement on a daily basis and engage with the airline for appropriate action," the watchdog stated.

Airfares in India have been on the rise for the last one month, ever since Jet Airways suspended its domestic and international flights.

With only seven Jet aircraft operating out of its fleet of 124, its competitors seemed to have cashed in on the opportunity to hike fares, thereby adding to commuters' woes.

Last month, the DGCA had said no diktat was issued to the airlines on hiking airfares. "We have just advised them that to increase their capacity to keep airfares in check," it added.

The Indian aviation market has seen a sharp increase in airfares in the past few months due to the suspension of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft as well as the ensuing Jet Airways crisis.

(With inputs from ANI)  

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The Indian aviation market has seen a sharp increase in airfares in the past few months due to the suspension of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft as well as the ensuing Jet Airways crisis.