On Thursday, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that the lower and upper limits on domestic airfares will continue for another three months. On May 21, the civil aviation ministry had placed these limits by means of seven bands, categorised on the basis of flight duration, till August 24. This was stretched till November 24 later on. Puri further stated that by the end of the year, if the planned domestic flights reach pre-COVID levels, he won’t hesitate to remove the fare limits at that time. On May 25, after almost two months of suspension, domestic passenger services had resumed. The ministry had done this to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
On May 21, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had declared seven bands of ticket pricing with lower and upper fare limits based on flight duration. The first such band comprises flights that are of less than 40 minutes duration. For the first band, the upper and the lower fare limits is ₹ 6,000 and ₹ 2,000, correspondingly. The following bands are for flights with lengths of 40-60 minutes, 60-90 minutes, 90-120 minutes, 120-150 minutes, 150-180 minutes and 180-210 minutes.
According to Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the lower and upper limits for these bands are ₹ 2,500- ₹ 7,500; ₹ 3,000- ₹ 9,000; ₹ 3,500- ₹ 10,000; ₹ 4,500- ₹ 13,000; ₹ 5,500- ₹ 15,700 and ₹ 6,500-Rs ₹ 18,600, respectively. Talking about the coronavirus and its impact so far, it has wreaked havoc and has spread to thousands of people so far.