DCGA puts cap on preferential seats

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on June 29, 2013

Putting a cap on the number of ’preferred seats’ on sale on each flight, the civil aviation sector regulator DGCA has allowed the airlines to book only 25 per cent of the total seats in the aircraft.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has also prohibited the airlines to offer middle seats, except in the first row and the emergency exit, for preferential seating.

The Civil Aviation Ministry had in April allowed ’unbundling’ of some services, like seat preferences or meals on board, with aim to help airlines to earn ancillary revenue.

The regulator said the unbundled services must be provided on ‘opt—in’ and not on ‘opt—out’ basis.”

“Seats offered on opt—in charge basis shall not exceed 25 per cent of the total seat configuration of the aircraft.

Middle seats shall not be offered for preferential seating except for the seats in the first row and the emergency exit row,” the DGCA notification said.

The government had allowed airlines to charge passengers for preferential seating, meals, snacks, drinks (barring drinking water), check—in baggages, use of airline lounges, carriage of sports equipment and musical instruments and valuable baggages which have higher carrier liability.

Published on June 29, 2013
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