Civil aviation regulator DGCA today asked private airlines not to charge exorbitant spot ticket prices and ensure that these were not more than the maximum fares published on their website. The directive came at a meeting DGCA chief E K Bharat Bhushan held with senior officials of private airlines, following complaints that exorbitant spot-fares being charged by the carriers in the wake of cancellation of Air India flights due to the ongoing pilots’ strike.

The spot fares or the last moment air ticket prices are those which are charged two hours before the scheduled departure of a flight.

Air ticket prices on private carriers currently range between Rs 9,000-18,000 on most sectors. Cost of a Mumbai- Delhi ticket, which is a high-density sector, ranges between Rs 9,000-15,000. Similarly, Mumbai-Bangalore is priced at Rs 13,000-15,000.

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