Air fares could go up as the new aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority, comes in with the right to levy a cess on air travel.
The Union Cabinet today gave ‘in principle’ approval to the proposal (for bringing a legislation for a Civil Aviation Authority or CAA). Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari told reporters here that the new regulator, which will replace the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), will be an autonomous body. It will look after aviation safety and other issues such as affordable air services.
The proposed authority will have a chairperson, a director-general (DG) and at least seven, but not more than nine, members. A multi-member panel, headed by the Cabinet Secretary, will select the chairperson, the DG and whole-time members.
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