Friday, December 01, 2006

IA, Jet, Deccan to slap congestion surcharge

New Delhi: Following the lead of Kingfisher Airlines, other air carriers including legacy and low-fare carriers, are planning to introduce a congestion surcharge of Rs 150- Rs 200 in addition to the existing Rs 750 fuel surcharge. The move will see a rise in fares, and will pinch the wallet, especially in short-haul sectors.
The average hovering time for an aircraft in Delhi and Mumbai is around half an hour and for every extra minute spent in air an airline loses around Rs 2,000 in terms of fuel burnt.
Other low cost carriers, SpiceJet, and GoAir too are expected to take a stand soon. According to sources, SpiceJet would not immediately implement a surcharge but would first like to see the consumer response to the surcharge.
01/12/06 Atreyee Dev Roy/Financial Express
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