Thursday, May 21, 2020

Air Fares To Be Capped For Next 3 Months, Delhi-Mumbai Max Fare Rs 10,000

New Delhi: Airlines will have to follow ticket price guidelines issued by the Civil Aviation Ministry when they restart some domestic flights, two months after air travel was halted to fight the novel coronavirus, the government said on Thursday. A Delhi-Mumbai flight ticket will have to be priced between Rs 3,500 and 10,000 for the next three months, Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said.
"Flight durations have been divided in 7 categories - 0-30 minutes, 30-60 minutes, 60-90 minutes, 90-120 minutes, 120-150 minutes, 150-180 minutes, and 180-210 minutes.... For example, the minimum fare for a Delhi-Mumbai flight will be Rs.3,500 and the maximum fare will be Rs 10,000. This will be applicable for three months," he said.

The minister also said that 40 per cent of the seats on a flight must be priced less than 50 per cent of the price band – Rs 6,700 for the Delhi-Mumbai route.

Airlines will be allowed to resume about a third of their operations from Monday, within rules that include no meals on board, temperature checks for all passengers and full protective gear for crew, the government said.

The minister refuted reports of special social distancing measures onboard flights, saying, "At the moment, the decision has been taken that the middle seat will not be left vacant."

Later in the evening, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), released the provisional schedule of flights.
21/05/20 Divyanshu Dutta Roy/NDTV
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