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Flights Booked Before Lockdown Eligible for Refund; Director-General of Civil Aviation Clarifies to the SC in Affidavit [READ AFFIDAVIT]

Lawstreet Journal 24 Sep 2020 9:00pm

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The Director-General of Civil Aviation has clarified that it would be requisite for domestic carriers to give a full refund on air tickets which were booked prior to the lockdown and which are for the travel up to May 24, 2020, on all the domestic and international routes. 

The affidavit was filed by the Director-General of Civil Aviation before the Court on the PIL filed before the Supreme Court seeking relief as a money refund of flight canceled during the lockdown. 

The case was listed for hearing in the Supreme Court on September 23, 2020, before 3 judge bench comprising of Justice Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy, and M R Shah. 

On the last date of hearing, the three-judge bench asked the Centre to respond on the issue of refund of airfare and also to produce the detailson whether the credit shell or incentive scheme formulated by the Centre extended just to book a ticket during the lockdown period or for the period prior to it. 

The Director-General of Civil Aviation has differentiated three different kinds of passengers in response:

1) For the passenger who has made a booking prior to the lockdown for a period up till May 24, 2020, and it would be governed by the credit shell scheme and incentive thereupon. 

2) For the passenger who booked a ticket during the lockdown and traveling during the lockdown, the refund should be initiated as early as possible by the airline, as they were not supposed to book those tickets. 

3) Thirdly, the bookings which were… Continue Reading...


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