According to a report in PTI, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DCGA), in a move to control the rising airfares, has asked airlines to come out with a medium-term plan to increase flight frequency, over and above the approved summer action plan. The DGCA last month approved the summer schedule beginning March 31 for airlines like SpiceJet, Vistara, IndiGo, Air India and GoAir. However, Jet Airways has received approvals only for a month.

There is no official confirmation on this, however, it is being said that the DGCA has been meeting with the airlines continuously for augmenting the additional flight capacity and stabilise airfares.

Airfares across the country have been on the rise primarily due to the aircraft grounding of debt-laden Jet Airways. Furthermore, the suspension of 12 SpiceJet 737 Max aircraft has also led to severe flight shortage across India.

In order to cater to the flight shortage in the country, IndiGo has recently announced new additional flights on its domestic networks.

 Natasha Nitturkar