SInGAPORE_AIR From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13734 posts, RR: 20 Posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2694 times:
An interesting, if not extreme tactic. To give some very brief background, international airlines are moving towards a fee-based system of paying travel agents instead of the commission system. Travel agents are not happy as they probably got about 5% commission. They have chosen Singapore Airlines as their target as it is one of the largest carriers into India but SIA is not alone in withdrawing commissions. Members of the travel agent fraternity have been boycotting SIA for many months now. Also they plan to bombard the Prime Minister of Singapore with 100000 emails to get their desired result. Apparently travel agents sell 85% of air tickets in India.
The battle between travel agents and foreign airlines over the issue of payment of commissions to the agents has intensified as associations have decided to go on hunger strike from next week. More than 5,000 travel agents across the country will participate in the strike.
“If the second round of meeting on Wednesday evening with Singapore Airlines fails to take off, then we will go for hunger strike,” said Ajay Prakash, national general secretary of the Travel Agents’ Federation of India. Travel agents are doing whatever needs to be done to bring the commission back and we are not going to budge at any cost, Mr Prakash added.