Friday, February 05, 2021

Fare Cap For Airlines To End When Normal Operations Start: Official

New Delhi: Airfare bands are not going to be permanent and will be done away with as soon as normal flight operations resume, Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said on Thursday.

His comments come against the backdrop of restrictions in place on domestic fares that can be charged by airlines since flight services restarted in May last year after being suspended for two months in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Noting that the civil aviation ministry is closely monitoring air traffic, Mr Kharola said, "fare bands are not going to be permanent".

While flights are operating at 80 per cent capacity of the pre-COVID-19 period, he said the utilisation has only been 60-65 per cent.

"As soon as the normal operation starts, the fare bands will go away," Mr Kharola added.

05/02/21 PTI/NDTV

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