The reduction in prices comes after the Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha expressed concern over Rs 3,000 as a cancellation fee “being too high”, following which the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had written to the airlines, asking them for data on cancellation charges.

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Sinha, on several occasions, had mentioned that in many cases the cancellation charge exceeded the price of air ticket and had urged the airlines to bring them down.

The new rule is that instead of flat fare cancellation, the cancellation fees cannot exceed Rs 3000 and would only be charged base fare and Fuel surcharge, whichever is lower. However, if you book via OTA like Makemytrip or Yatra – they still may charge the flat fees as Ministry has no power over them. 

 

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