An Indian low-cost carrier has reportedly introduced a new fee for flying unaccompanied minors from Dubai.
Air India’s budget carrier Air India Express has added a charge of AED165 for a one way ticket and AED330 if the child is not escorted on the return trip, local media reported on Thursday.
A circular issued to travel agents said the fee has been introduced as a consequence of charges issued "by the ground handling agency of Dubai Airport" which is dnata.
In a statement to Gulf News, Dnata said it is up to the individual airline to determine how fares are structured and payment is collected from the passengers.
PG Prageesh, chief of corporate communications of AIE in India, told the newspaper that the airline has started collecting the new fee from the passengers.
He was quoted as saying that the airline has made it mandatory to book the tickets of unaccompanied children from its offices in order to help validate the documents required for their travel.
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