Following the airlines’ advisory group meeting held on June 6, airfares on several routes from Delhi have experienced significant reductions ranging from 14% to 61%, announced by Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia.
The minister expressed satisfaction with the lowered airfares for flights connecting Delhi to destinations such as Srinagar, Leh, Pune, and Mumbai. He emphasized that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the ministry are actively monitoring daily fare prices. Scindia also acknowledged the efforts of the aviation sector under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government over the past nine years. He explained that airlines have the authority to determine airfares, considering factors like market dynamics and season, with an algorithm utilized for pricing decisions.
Additionally, Scindia highlighted the social responsibility of private airline companies and urged them to limit fare increases across sectors. According to Scindia, the aviation ministry’s role is that of a facilitator rather than a regulator. The minister chaired a high-level meeting with the airlines’ advisory group, where he called for self-regulation of airfares and the maintenance of reasonable price levels.