Sunday, October 01, 2017

Brace yourself for higher airfares as ATF price increases 6%

Mumbai: State oil marketing companies on Sunday, increased aviation turbine fuel prices by 6%, the third consecutive monthly price hike.

The revision adds to the cost pressure already being borne by the carriers and could lead to rise in fares.

A kilolitre of jet fuel will now cost Rs 53,045 in Delhi in October, up 6% from the September price. On a year-to-date basis, jet fuel price is just around 1% higher but it is 13% higher on a year-on-year basis.

"The costs have gone up significantly so this will see an impact on pricing soon," said a senior executive of a private airline.

So far no airline has notified an increase in fares.

"The increase in crude oil prices and rupee depreciation has raised concerns regarding airlines' profits and a 1% change in rupee and crude would have an impact of around 4-5% and 3-4% on earnings (other things remaining same), " Santosh Hiredesai of SBICAP Securities wrote in an investor note.
01/10/17 Aneesh Phadnis/Business Standard
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