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India: Travel agents irked by fare unbundling plans

 |  May 6, 2013

A travel agents association has publically denounced India’s Civil Aviation Ministry’s plans to unbundle airfares and introduce a separate charging system for various services. According to the International Air Transport Association’s Agents Association, the plans will likely lead to increased ticket fares and accuses the government of a hidden agenda to allow airlines to charge for each service, which would be against federal law. Additionally, the national president of the Agents Association claims the move will lead to a monopoly within the market by only a few travel agencies and airlines, eventually pushing out smaller competitors. IATA travel agents will reportedly receive zero percent commission with the new plans, opposed to up to 15 percent commission for the “big players.”

Full Content: New India Express

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