Thursday, February 11, 2021

Domestic airfares hiked up to 30%; capacity capped at 80% till March-end

New Delhi: Flying within the country will cost up to 30% more from now. The government has increased the minimum and maximum fares set for different routes, while extending its earlier decision of allowing airlines to deploy upto 80% of their pre-Covid domestic capacity till March 31, 2021. While minimum fare has been increased by 10%, maximum fares are up by 30%.

Airfare range for flying between Delhi and Mumbai, for instance, will now be Rs 3,900-13,000, instead of Rs 3,500-10,000 earlier. These are economy one-way fares that do not include user development fee of airports, passenger security fees (Rs 150 for domestic) and GST.

The aviation ministry had last May classified domestic flights into seven categories based on flying time — starting at flights below 40 minutes and going upto those with flying time of 3-3.5 hours — while allowing scheduled services to resume partially after a two-month suspension. Airlines are currently required to sell at least 20% seats at fares below the mid point of the minimum and maximum fares

The airfare band has been revised upwards now as the price of jet fuel has risen significantly since last May when the fares were set. The new fare bands, which the government has indicated are likely to remain in force till domestic flights return to pre-Covid level this summer, are:

1) Flights with duration of upto 40 minutes: Old price band was Rs 2,000-6,000. New airfare range is Rs 2,200-7,800. Includes sectors like: Delhi-Chandigarh. Goa-Mumbai. Mangalore-Bangalore. Srinagar-Jammu.

2) Flights with duration of 40 to 60 minutes: Old price band was Rs 2,500-7,500. New airfare range is Rs 2,800-9,800. Includes sectors like: Ahmedabad-Bhopal. Leh-Delhi. Hydeabad-Mumbai. Delhi-Srinagar.

3) Flights with duration of 60 to 90 minutes: Old price band was Rs 3,000-9,000. New airfare range is Rs 3,300-11,700. Includes sectors like: Bangalore-Mumbai. Kolkata-Lucknow. Patna-Delhi. Chennai-Kolkata.

4) Flights with duration of 90 to 120 minutes: Old price band was Rs 3,500-10,000. New airfare range is Rs 3,900-13,000. Includes sectors like: Delhi-Mumbai. Chennai-Mumbai. Port Blair-Chennai. Jaipur-Varanasi.

5) Flights with duration of 120 to150 minutes: Old price band was Rs 4,500-13,000. New airfare range is Rs 5,000-16,900. Includes sectors like: Delhi-Bangalore. Guwahati-Delhi. Jaipur-Bangalore. Goa-Delhi.

6) Flights with duration of 150 to 180 minutes: Old price band was Rs 5,500-15,700. New airfare range is Rs 6,100-20,400. Includes sectors like: Delhi-Kochi. Mumbai-Guwahati. Mumbai-Srinagar. Chennai-Guwahati.

7) Flights with duration of 180 to 210 minutes: Old price band was Rs 6,500-18,600. New airfare range is Rs 7,200-24,200. Includes sectors like: Coimbatore-Delhi. Delhi-Thiruvananthapuram. Delhi-Port Blair

11/02/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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