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Time For An Indian Air Passengers' Association?  
User currently offlineDulleswatcher From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 42 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3420 times:

I am a lurker more than a poster, but I read the India-related forums very carefully and an idea came to mind. It strikes me that there are many political constituencies in India that contribute to the general malaise of the commercial aviation sector, but none -- as far as I can discern -- that represent the interests of the flying public. There is a lot of talent and energy among the India watchers in this forum, and I ask you all if the time is ripe for the creation of an association to lobby the government to institute the right sorts of reforms, the right sorts of regulations no matter what the unions, the communists, the babus, or the corrupt may desire? Perhaps such an organization already exists, or perhaps travel agents or others already lobby the government for open skies, privatization, etc. In any case, maybe it is an idea whose time has come. If so, how to go about launching it and recruiting an activist base? Your critique and comment most welcome. Finally, thank you to all of you for the consistent quality of discussion on Indian aviation. ak

Sic Semper Tyrannis
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User currently offlineJasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 36
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3414 times:

Won't do any good.

We'll form an Association and then appoint committees to look after the various aspects of being an air traveller in India.

Then each committee will appoint a sub-committee (with some non-committee members thrown in for good measure) to review which concerns need to be addressed and to prioritise these.

Before the ink is dry on the recommendations of a sub-committee, someone will cry foul and the Association will appoint a Grand Committee to investigate.

Whichever way the Grand Committee rules, someone else will accuse the Chair of being corrupt and taking a suitcaseful of cash from an "interested" third party.

All recommendations, decisions and rulings will then be dropped and committees and sub-committees reconstituted to start the process all over again.

Say what you want. This is India. We are like this only.  Big grin

User currently offlineDulleswatcher From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3400 times:

Don't sell yourself so short. India is shedding its reputation for intransigence. An association (even if it ends up just being Mendis with a fancy title) could speak to these idiot scribes at the various newspapers to give them a sense of how the passenger feels about government inaction. Or, the association could seek interviews on the TV channels to protest the restrictions placed on the free market by the government. It seems that some smart guerilla marketing could spark broader public awareness.

Sic Semper Tyrannis
User currently offlineJasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3392 times:

India is shedding its reputation for intransigence.

LOL! Whilst our reputation might be changing, I'm not too sure realities are! If they are, though, so much for the better.

As for Mendis, well, fancy title or not, I have a suspicion he will do much better as chair or spokesperson of an Airline Operators Association rather than an Air Travellers' Association!  Big grin

User currently offlineTKMCE From India, joined May 2002, 841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3379 times:

I think there are a few around, but none which are credible. But I do agree that may be the time is ripe for a responsible one.

There are some areas where the air travellers are at the airlines mercy altogether. One aerea which comes into mind is overbooking. Jet Airway's terms and conditions for instance on the subject is a disgrace accepting no responsibilty what soe ver (as seen by a recent trip report by one fellow A net member).

User currently offlineIndianguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3362 times:

There are already many such "Pravasi Sanghatans" existing on a city level. Pune certainly has one and I would be surprised if Bombay and Delhi didnt have one. Kerala has atleast 2.

From my experience, such associations dont work. Intentions are good yes but peoples attitudes come in the way. For eg, some of us organised a cabin and a PC for the Pre-Paid rickshaw counter outside the local airport. Today when i arrive at Pune i still see passengers being fleeced by these operators with random and absurd fares, while the PC is used by bored rickshaw drivers to play SOlitaire!


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31875 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3344 times:

It would be very difficult to change the Attitude around here.But thats all the more reason why we should.
How sucessful it would be,Time would tell.

Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineKkfla737 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1033 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3281 times:

I'm finding after my recently completed visit to India, that attitudes and stuborness is changing, if ever so slowly. I'm not sure such an association would work just yet, but it is needed and in a short while maybe, just maybe concepts like this that have worked so well in the west can save the indian air traveler and consumer from the continued game playing of various MPs, ministers, bureacrats, etc, etc, etc.

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