The civil aviation ministry has increased the lower limit on airfares by 13 to 16 percent, making domestic travel more expensive for passengers.
According to the news agency PTI, the highest limits have remained unaltered. According to an official decree, the hike in rates will take effect on June 1st.
The decision comes in the wake of India’s deadly second wave of Covid-19, which has severely decreased air traffic and put a strain on airlines.
The lower limit for flights under 40 minutes will now be raised from ₹2,300 to ₹2,600, a 13 percent rise. Similarly, trips lasting between 40 and 60 minutes will have a lower ceiling of ₹3,300, rather than the current maximum of ₹2,900 rupees, according to the decree. Domestic flights of 60-90, 90-120, 120-150, 150-180, and 180-210 minutes will have lower restrictions of ₹4,000, ₹4,700, ₹6,100, ₹7,400, and ₹8,700 minutes, respectively, beginning June 1.
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When services were reinstated on 25 May last year following a two-month strict lockdown, the country placed lower and higher limitations on prices depending on flight time. The lower and upper limitations for domestic airfares were hiked by 10 to 30% in February of this year.
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From June 1, the government has mandated that airlines operate only 50% of their pre-Covid domestic flights, rather with the usual 80 percent. In order, the ministry stated that the decision was made in light of the abrupt increase in the number of active Covid-19 cases across the country, decrease in passenger traffic, and passenger load factor (occupancy rate).
Around 3.13 lakh domestic air passengers traveled in India on February 28. Domestic flights in India carried roughly 39,000 passengers on May 25.