Travel agents stop booking tickets for Singapore Airlines

January 2nd, 2009 - 6:54 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 2 (IANS) Travel agents have stopped selling tickets of Singapore Airlines and threatened to extend the ban to other foreign airlines as well if they did not pay commission on tickets booked by them, an association representing them said Friday.”We have stopped issuing tickets of Singapore Airlines. We will do so with other foreign airlines too if they refuse to pay us commission,” said Rajinder Rai, president of the Travel Association Federation of India.

Rai said no foreign airlines have approached them so far to discuss the issue.

Travel agents in the country have had their way with airlines, at least in the domestic sector. National carrier Air India and other private carriers last month agreed to pay a 3 percent commission to them.

Domestic carriers now pay the commission on the total fare including fuel surcharge and basic fare, instead of 5 percent on the basic fare paid earlier.

The three full-service carriers, Air India, Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines had stopped paying the agents commission since Nov 1.

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