Travel agents meet air operators, call off strike

August 14th, 2008 - 9:04 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) The air travel agents in the country, who went on a day’s strike Thursday, have reached an agreement with scheduled air operators to set up a committee that would look into the feasibility of having a transaction fee on air tickets.q The strike was called to protest the airlines’ decision to stop payment of commission to agents from Nov 1 owing to high fuel and operational costs.

The decision to set up the committee was arrived at a meeting between the representatives of various travel agents associations and officials of Air India, Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines - all scheduled air operators - in Mumbai.

“A committee will be constituted which will look into the feasibility of having a transaction fee on airline tickets. It will give its report by Aug 30,” said Praveen Chugh, president of the Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI).

Chugh, who was part of the agents’ delegation, assured tghe airlines that travel agents across the country would start working from Friday.

“We have the problem only with scheduled carriers. Other low-cost carriers offer us commission on air tickets,” he said.

Apart from TAFI, IATA Agents Association of India representatives also attended the meeting.

Travel agents account for more than 95 percent of the ticketing of airlines across the country with a monthly turnover estimated at around Rs.24 billion.

Over 50,000 travel agents, who issue about 200,000 air tickets every day, took part in the strike.

According to TAFI, over 300,000 people are directly linked with this business in India.

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