Air Travel Tends To Get More Expensive


Passengers would have to pay more money on air travel from now on, as the Civil Aviation Ministry raised the lower and upper limits on domestic airfares by 10% to 30% on Thu₹day. These new limits will remain “in force up to March 31, 2021, or until further orders” the ministry said on Thursday in its order. Though announcing the resumption of scheduled domestic flights on the 21st of May last year, the Ministry set restrictions on airfares in seven flight length bands.

The fi₹t such category consists of flights with a duration of fewer than 40 minutes. The lower limit for the fi₹t band was raised from ₹ 2,000 to ₹ 2,200 on Thursday. The maximum bound for this band was set at ₹ 7,800, which was ₹ 6,000 earlier. Subsequent ranges are for flights lasting 40-60 minutes, 60-90 minutes, 90-120 minutes, 120-150 minutes, 150-180 minutes, and 180-210 minutes.

₹ 2,800 – ₹ 9,800; ₹ 3,300 and ₹ 11,700; ₹ 3,900 and ₹ 13,000; ₹ 5,000 and ₹ 16,900; ₹ 6,100 and ₹ 20,400; ₹ 7,200 and ₹ 24,200, respectively, were the new lower and upper limits set by the Ministry for these bands on Thursday. The lower and upper limits for these bands until this date were: ₹ 2,500 – ₹ 7,500; ₹ 3,000 – ₹ 9,000; ₹ 3,500 – ₹ 10,000; ₹ 4,500 – ₹ 13,000; ₹ 5,500 – ₹ 15,700 and ₹ 6,500 – ₹ 18,600.

On 21 May last year, DGCA, the aviation regulator, announced that each airline must sell at least 40% of its tickets on a flight at prices below the midpoint between the lower and upper limits. After almost two months of suspension to tackle the coronavirus epidemic, domestic passenger services resumed on May 25, 2021.

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