Air India uploaded provisions of denied boarding, flight delays in its Citizen Charter: DGCA

NEW DELHI: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) says Air India has uploaded the “provisions of denied boarding, flight delays (and others)” in its Citizen Charter.
The regulator had this Tuesday (June 14) fined AI Rs 10 lakh for violating rules for denying boarding and had ordered it “to immediately put systems in place to resolve the issue, failing which further action shall be taken.”
“AI has uploaded provisions of denied boarding, flight delays in its charter,” a senior DGCA official said.
On denied boarding, AI charter says: “When the number of passengers, who have been given confirmed bookings for travel on the flight and who have reported for the flight well within time, are more than the number of seats available, an airline must first ask for volunteers to give up their seats… in exchange of benefits / facilities… provided airports concerned have dedicated check-in facilities / gate areas which make it practical for the airline to do so. ”
A passenger, holding confirmation ticket and who reached the airport well in time, denied boarding has to be paid compensation if the alternate flight is beyond an hour of the original booked flight.
About flight cancellations informed to passengers upto 24 hours of departure time, AI says it will arrange alternate flight / refund as acceptable to the passenger. Flyers not informed about flight cancellations will be compensated anywhere between Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000.
However, “no financial compensation shall be payable to passengers who have not provided adequate contact information (email id or a phone number) at the time of booking,” the charter says.
Similarly, it states the rules for compensating flyers in case of flight delays and baggage loss.

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