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Strict action, penalty against airlines wrongly denying boarding to passengers:DGCA

“It has come to the notice of this office that various airlines are denying boarding to passengers holding confirmed tickets on a flight, although they have presented themselves for boarding within the time specified by the airline. This practice is extremely unfair to the passengers and brings a bad name to the aviation industry,”

SNS | New Delhi |

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) warned of taking strict action against erring airlines that were denying boarding to passengers with confirmed tickets. Strict action will be initiated against the erring airline, including imposing financial penalties as per regulations, DGCA said in a statement.

It also issued notice to the airlines after receiving several cases of denial of boarding to passengers with a confirmed ticket and warned them to comply with the provisions of the civil aviation regulations (CAR) in such cases. “It has come to the notice of this office that various airlines are denying boarding to passengers holding confirmed tickets on a flight, although they have presented themselves for boarding within the time specified by the airline. This practice is extremely unfair to the passengers and brings a bad name to the aviation industry,” the DGCA said in a statement.

The DGCA said that to address such a situation, DGCA had issued civil aviation regulations Sections 3, Series M, Part IV on “Facilities to be provided to passengers by airlines due to denied boarding, cancellation of flights and delays in flights,” it said.

The CAR lays down the minimum compensation and facilities to be provided to a passenger in a situation when they are subjected to denied boarding, cancellation or delay in flight.

“The airlines are hereby directed to comply with the provisions of the CAR at the earliest opportunity available, preferably at the airport if the passenger has reported on time. Any non-compliance of the provisions of the CAR will be viewed seriously and strict action will be initiated against the erring airline, including imposing financial penalties as per regulations,” it added.