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Government Raises Air Fare Limits by 30%, Domestic Flights To Cost More

These new limits would remain in force up to March 31, 2021, or until further orders are sent out, according to the aviation ministry's notification.

Government Raises Air Fare Limits by 30%, Domestic Flights To Cost More

Sentinel Digital Desk

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Thursday increased the minimum and maximum airfares by 10-30 per cent. These new limits would remain in force up to March 31, 2021, or until further orders are sent out, according to a notification issued by the ministry on Thursday.

The central government, while announcing the resumption of scheduled domestic flights on May 21 last year, had placed limits on airfares through seven bands classified on the basis of flight duration. These fare restrictions for flights were implemented to make certain that dynamic pricing does not hurt the consumer.

The first such band consists of flights that fly less than 40-minutes. The lower limit for the first band was increased from Rs 2,000 to Rs 2,200. The upper limit in this band was increased to Rs 7,800, from Rs 6,000. The subsequent bands are for flights with a duration of 40-60 minutes, 60-90 minutes, 90-120 minutes, 120-150 minutes, 150-180 minutes and 180-210 minutes

The new lower and upper limits are: Rs 2,800-Rs 9,800; Rs 3,300-Rs 11,700; Rs 3,900-Rs 13,000; Rs 5,000-Rs 16,900; Rs 6,100-Rs 20,400; Rs 7,200-Rs 24,200, respectively. Earlier, the lower and upper limits for these bands were: Rs 2,500-Rs 7,500; Rs 3,000-Rs 9,000; Rs 3,500-Rs 10,000; Rs 4,500-Rs 13,000; Rs 5,500-Rs 15,700 and Rs 6,500-Rs 18,600, respectively.

Flight Duration
Old Range (In Rupees)
New Range (In Rupees)
Less than 40 minutes
2000-6000
2200-7800
40-60 minutes
2500-7500
2800-9800
60-90 minutes
3000-9000
3300-11700
90-120 minutes
3500-10000
3900-13000
120-150 minutes
4500-13000
5000-16900
150-180 minutes
5500-15700
6100-20400
180-210 minutes
6500-18600
7200-24200

Recently, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri in Parliament said the fixed minimum and maximum airfare structure for the domestic sector will be removed once passenger traffic reaches per-Covid levels.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had said on May 21 last year that each airline would sell at least 40% of its tickets on a flight at prices less than the average between the lower limit and upper limit. Domestic flight services were suspended for two months till May 25 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Along with the limits on airfares, the government had asked the airlines to operate not more than 33 per cent of their pre-COVID domestic flights which was gradually increased to 45% on June 26. This was gradually increased to 80%. The ministry said on Thursday that the 80% limit would remain in place till March-end.


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