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Flights Tickets May Go Up, 5% Increase in Lower Fare Band

Flights Tickets May Go Up, 5% Increase in Lower Fare Band

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NEW DELHI, Mar 19: The Centre on Friday increased the lower fare band in the domestic sector affecting the prices of the flight tickets.

The Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on a Twitter message, “There has been a continuous rise in price of ATF (aviation turbine fuel) so it has been decided to increase the lower fare band by 5% keeping the upper fare band unchanged.” “We may open the sector for 100% operations when daily passenger traffic crosses 3.5 lakhs on 3 occasions in a month,” he added.

This is the second time that the government has increased fare limits for domestic airlines. The first hike was introduced in February this year.

Except the ATF, India’s fuel demand has returned to pre-Covid levels, the chief of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) said earlier this week. “ATF may take a quarters’ time to return to normal, maybe 3-4 months,” said IOC chairman Shrikant Vaidya.

With airlines not operating all flights, ATF sales remain below normal.

In the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, domestic flight operations were ceased with effect from midnight of March 24, 2020. The operation resumed after two months on May 25, 2020.

Last month, the civil aviation ministry said the number of domestic flights that Indian airlines are permitted to operate will remain at 80 per cent of their pre-Covid levels till March 31 or till the summer schedule begins.

Scheduled international commercial flights continue to remain suspended, while overseas flights under air bubble agreements and the Vande Bharat Mission are operational, among others.

 

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