GoAir dares use of ‘go’ in rival IndiGo’s domain name

GoAir dares use of 'go' in rival IndiGo's domain name
GoAir dares use of ‘go’ in rival IndiGo’s domain name

Taking carrier rivalry to a new level, the owner of GoAir airlines moved the Bombay High Court seeking direction to rival Interglobe Aviation Ltd to remove the prefix ‘go’ from their airline’s web address ‘goindigo.in’ but the hearing also saw some lighter moments.

Justice Gautam Patel was left flummoxed on why Google India Limited was also made a defendant party in the suit by Go Holdings Private Limited and quipped tongue-in-cheek that it was good that the petitioner was not seeking that the online giant also change its name to ‘ogle’.

“For reasons that are presently unclear so far, Google India Limited, the 2nd Defendant, is also said to be liable.

Advocate Amit Jamsandekar for the plaintiff grants that this is not because the word ‘Go’ is also part of Google’s corporate and domain name.

“That is all to the good, for the alternative is unthinkable we might otherwise be forced to ogle the Web,” Justice Patel quipped.

The court directed the defendants to file their reply affidavits and the plaintiff to file its rejoinder to the affidavits by January 31 next year.

The Wadia group-led GoAir challenged the use of the word ‘Go’ in the domain name goindigo.in.

“The suit has not challenged the use of the word ‘Go’ in the trailing; a small mercy as it happens, for that might be a demand that IndiGo should be rechristened ‘Indi’,” Justice Patel noted in his order on October 3.

( Source – PTI )

Airlines launch legal battle against 3-fold tariff hike

Stung by the three-fold hike in aeronautical tariff to use the Indira Gandhi International Airport here, various airlines of the country have jointly moved the Delhi High Court contending that it will not only hit their operations but also adversely affect the Indian economy.

 The airlines have challenged the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority’s (AERA) April 24 order of three-fold hike in the aeronautical tariff, contending that it is unlawful as the tariff has been raised without following the basic norms of the regulated sectors like independent audit prudence check.

The AERA order permits GMR-promoted Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAl) to increase the aeronautical tariff, which comprises various airport charges like those for landing, parking, housing and ground handling etc, by 345 per cent.

 The plea made by airlines jointly under the banner of Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) is to be heard by the high court on July 10.

 In their petition, the airlines have pleaded with the court that the hike would prove to be the death knell for many airlines already reeling under severe financial strains.

 “Some airlines may not be able to survive and would be under serious financial stress,” the petition said.

 “The decision will make it very difficult for airlines to recover such high tariff particularly in the present-day scenario when economic and financial situation of airlines is bad,” the FIA added.

 The airlines added that a 345 per cent hike in aeronautical tariff will not merely jeopardise the airport operations but will also have an adverse impact on India and its economy.

 “It will make IGI airport as the most expensive airport in the world,” the FIA said adding that the escalation of tariff will lead to decline in demand of the IGI airport and it will result in fall in tourist arrival, consequently impacting the trade and tourism industry.

 This step would damage local and international airlines connectivity, the FIA added.

Court notice to airlines, DGCA on high fares

Allahabad High Court Monday issued notices to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and the management of Jet Airways, Kingfisher, Go Air, IndiGo and other private airlines for fleecing passengers by suddenly hiking air fares.

The petitioners, comprising some local activists and advocates, had sought the court’s intervention to restrain the private airlines from indiscriminately raising their fares whenever they chose to. They cited the recent case of the steep increase in air fares to Chandigarh just before the World Cup semi-final in Mohali. ‘Fares were raised even up to 800 percent, which was a blatant move to fleece passengers,’ advocate Ashok Pande said.

Taking serious note of the petition, Chief Justice F.I. Rebello issued notice not only to each of the concerned airlines but also to DGCA.