Thursday, October 11, 2018

Airline stocks fly high on ATF excise duty cut

Airline stocks surged up to 7.4 per cent Thursday after the government cut excise duty on jet fuel to 11 per cent to give relief to the aviation industry.

Shares of InterGlobe Aviation zoomed 7.44 per cent, Jet Airways soared 4.70 per cent and SpiceJet 4.69 per cent on BSE.

After petrol and diesel, the government Wednesday cut excise duty on jet fuel to 11 per cent to give relief to the aviation industry that has been hit hard over recent weeks by rising fuel prices and plummeting rupee.
Jet fuel prices this month hit their highest level since January 2014 as rising international oil prices and plummeting rupee value pushed rates.

In a major relief to airline companies, the Centre on Wednesday slashed excise duty on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) to 11 per cent from 14 per cent.

A notification issued from the Finance Ministry's revenue department stated that the revised duty would be effective from October 11.

In March 2014, the government had increased excise duty on jet fuel from eight per cent to 14 per cent.

The decision to cut jet fuel tax comes at the time when airlines are reeling under pressure due to high jet fuel prices since January 2014 and a weaker rupee.
11/10/18 PTI/DNA

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