Thursday, November 05, 2020

Govt extends fare capping for domestic flights till February 24

New Delhi: Aviation Ministry on Thursday (November 05) said that the fare cap on domestic flights will continue until February 24, 2021.

"The fare bands within which the airlines have to operate have been extended upto 24th February, 2021 by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. These fare bands came into force with effect from 21st May, 2020," the ministry said in its statement.

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the aviation ministry implemented a cap on domestic airfare in May.

On May 21, the aviation regulator DGCA issued the government-decided fare limits for these bands -- domestic flights with less than 40-minute duration to have lower and upper limits of Rs 2,000 and Rs 6,000, for 40-60 minutes Rs 2,500 and Rs 7,500, for 60-90 minutes Rs 3,000 and Rs 9,000, for 90-120 minutes Rs 3,500 and Rs 10,000, for 120-150 minutes Rs 4,500 and Rs 13,000, and for 150-180 minutes Rs 5,500 and Rs 15,700.

The daily passenger traffic has reached 2.05 lakh on November 1, 2020. When domestic aviation opened in May 2020, the airlines were enabled to fly up to 33%  of the normal capacity (as per the summer schedule, 2020).   At that time, the average daily traffic was about 30,000.

This cap was enhanced to 45% w.e.f. June 26, 2020. This cap was further revised to 60% w.e.f. September 2, 2020. At present, airlines can operate up to 60% of their capacity. 

"Ministry of Civil Aviation is monitoring the traffic everyday, and it is expected that the traffic would further pick up because of the festival season and as the passenger traffic increases, the upper cap would be revised to 70-75% of normal capacity in the coming days," it added.

05/11/20 Aparna Deb/

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