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After DGCA whip, airlines junk flat Rs 3,000 cancellation fee

After DGCA whip, airlines junk flat Rs 3,000 cancellation fee

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Cancellation charges for 'cheap' domestic air tickets will no longer be a flat Rs 3,000. Indian airlines say their domestic cancellation charges will be "Rs 3,000 or base fare plus fuel surcharge per passenger, whichever is lower." This will provide relief to those who manage to buy cheap air tickets, mostly by buying in advance, but ended up losing a lot of money while cancelling them if unable to travel for some reason. However, domestic travellers, whose base fare and fuel surcharges combined is more than Rs 3,000, will continue paying that as cancellation fee. The change in rule comes after aviation minister Jayant Sinha recently voiced concern over the flat Rs 3,000 domestic cancellation fee being too high. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) then wrote to airlines,...