Less than 24 Hours- You are entitled for meals & refreshments at airport.
More than 24 hours- You are entitled for hotel accommodation with transfers.
Terms & Conditions
Airline has no obligation to compensate, if the delay is caused due to extraordinary circumstances.
Operating airline shall have absolute discretion in selection of hotels under the given circumstances.
If you have checked-in on time, and the airline expects a delay beyond its original announced scheduled time of departure or a revised time of departure, you are entitled to facilities in accordance with CAR, Section 3, Series M, Part IV published by DGCA.
The airlines shall provide facilities if the passenger has checked in on time, and if the airline expects a delay beyond its original announced scheduled time of departure or a revised time of departure of:
a)2 hours or more in case of flights having a block time of up to 2 ½ hrs; or
b)3 hours or more in case of flights having a block time of more than 2 ½ hrs and up to 5 hours; or
c) 4 hours or more in case of flights not falling under sub-para (a) and (b).
When domestic flight is expected to be delayed for more than 6 hrs from the published scheduled time of departure or previously revised departure time (communicated more than 24 hours prior to original scheduled departure time), airlines shall offer an option of either an alternate flight within a period of 6 hours or full refund of ticket to the passenger.
When total delay is more than 24 hrs from the published scheduled time of departure or more than 6 hrs for flights scheduled to depart between 2000 and 0300 hrs, passenger shall be offered facility in accordance with the provisions of hotel Accommodation (including transfers).
When the number of passengers, who have been given confirmed bookings for travel on the flight and who have reported for the flight well within the specified time ahead of the departure of the flight, are more than the number of seats available, an airline must first ask for volunteers to give up their seats so as to make seats available for other booked passengers to travel on the flight, in exchange of such benefits/facilities as the airline, at its own discretion, may wish to offer, provided airports concerned have dedicated check-in facilities/gate areas which make it practical for the airline to do so. If the boarding is denied due to this condition to passengers against their will, the airline shall not be liable for any compensation in case alternate flight is arranged that is scheduled to depart within one hour of the original schedule departure time of the initial reservation. Failing to do so, the airline shall compensate the passengers as per the following provisions:
a) An amount equal to 200% of booked one-way basic fare plus airline fuel charge, subject to maximum of INR 10,000, in case airline arranges alternate flight that is scheduled to depart within the 24 hours of the booked scheduled departure.
b) An amount equal to 400% of booked one-way basic fare plus airline fuel charge, subject to maximum of INR 20,000, in case airline arranges alternate flight that is scheduled to depart more than 24 hours of the booked scheduled departure.
c) In case passenger does not opt for alternate flight, refund of full value of ticket and compensation equal to 400% of booked one-way basic fare plus airline fuel charge, subject to maximum of INR 20,000.
In order to reduce inconvenience caused to the passengers as a result of the cancellations of the flights on which they are booked to travel, airline shall inform the passenger of the cancellation at least two weeks before the scheduled time of departure and arrange alternate flight/refund as acceptable to the passenger. In case the passengers are informed of the cancellation less than two weeks before and up to 24 hours of the scheduled time of departure, the airline shall offer an alternate flight or refund the ticket, as acceptable to the passenger. Passengers who have not been informed as per the provisions, or missed the connecting flight booked on the same ticket number of an airline, the airlines shall either provide alternate flight as acceptable to the passenger or provide compensation in addition to the full refund of air ticket in accordance with the following provisions:
a) INR 5,000 or booked one-way basic fare plus airline fuel charge, whichever is less for flights having a block time of up to and including 01 hour
b) INR 7,500 or booked one-way basic fare plus airline fuel charge, whichever is less for flights having block time of more than 01 hour and up to and including 02 hours.
c) INR 10,000 or booked one-way basic fare plus airline fuel charge, whichever is less for flights having a block time of more than 02 hours.
Additionally, the airline shall provide them facilities at the airport –meal and refreshments in the event they have already reported for their original flight and whilst they are waiting for the alternate flight.
Source – DGCA