The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is considering a proposal sent by airlines to charge passengers for facilities provided on board. These facilities include providing pillows, blankets on board, which generally is provided free of cost. “The proposal is still to be sanctioned but is being looked into,” a DGCA official informed the Times of India.
“The cost of operation is already high particularly due to the devaluation of the rupee and the hike in fuel prices. That is why airlines want to charge passengers and minimise the losses. The DGCA may think of sanctioning the proposal after a thorough scrutiny,” the official added.