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DGCA To Issue Norms To Compensate Passengers Whose Tickets Are Involuntarily Downgraded By Airlines

Airlines will have to compensate passengers whose tickets have been downgraded involuntarily by the aviation regulator DGCA.

DGCA To Issue Norms To Compensate Passengers Whose Tickets Are Involuntarily Downgraded By Airlines
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Aviation regulator DGCA will put in place norms to compensate a passenger whose ticket for a particular class has been involuntarily downgraded by an airline.
     
The move comes against the backdrop of rising complaints about airlines involuntarily downgrading tickets issued to passengers.
     
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is in the process of amending the Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR) about 'facilities to be provided to passengers by airlines due to denied boarding, cancellation of flights and delays in flights.” to protect the rights of air travellers affected by the downgrading of their ticket.
     
"The amendment will allow the passenger, who is downgraded involuntarily from his booked class of ticket, to receive the full value of the ticket including taxes as a refund from the airline and the airline will carry the passenger free of cost in the next available class," DGCA said in a statement on Friday.
    
After stakeholder consultations, final regulations will be issued by the watchdog.

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