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Yesterday this image caught my attention when rounding the Hotel Metropole. It seems that quite a few travel agents are very serious about sending a strong statement to AirBlue over their tussle regarding the way AirBlue ticket pricing

The News, 24th June 2008: Travel Agents Association of Pakistan (TAAP) on Monday vowed to maintain the embargo on the sale of Airblue tickets fearing that any relaxation will encourage other carriers to reduce their commissions as well. In a general body meeting held here, members of the association said the private airline since June 3, 2008, increased fuel surcharge but decreased travelling fare, which is used to calculate fixed margin of agents who in reprisal stopped selling its tickets. “An airline calculates its fare structure on basis of total expenditure including fuel surcharge and travel agents earn commission on that fare value,” said Tahir Sheikh, Regional Chairman TAAP. “And on this commission we pay withholding tax to government.” He said change in mechanism to calculate commission has not only reduced profitability of travel agents but decision will cost government taxes. TAAP claimed that its members paid Rs240 million to government in taxes on sale of Air Blue tickets.

4 Comments so far

  1. Farrukh Ahmed (farrukhahmed) on June 24th, 2008 @ 1:13 pm

    in other words, if some organization thinks of relaxing their expenses’ burden on the general public, the entire industry joins to screw ’em!

    shabash!


  2. balma on June 24th, 2008 @ 8:20 pm

    What do you mean by ’rounding’?
    Please write in Urdu or any other local language if you can’t communicate in proper English. Angraizi kee Taang kyoo’n toRe rahaa hae?
    We are all proud to speak and write local Pakistani languages.


  3. vanspyke on June 25th, 2008 @ 1:09 am

    maybe he meant ’rounding the corner’, perhaps he can be of use in elaborating it further


  4. seskey on June 27th, 2008 @ 10:07 am

    e-ticketing is to be implemented by all IATA acredited airlines through out the world by 2010, Then what will happen to these travel agents.



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