According to an official order, the Civil Aviation Ministry has hiked the lower and upper prices caps by 9.83 percent to 12.82 percent, making domestic air travel more expensive. When services were restarted on May 25, 2020, after a two-month closure due to coronavirus, India set lower and maximum limits on prices based on flight time.
The reduced caps were put in place to aid airlines that have been struggling financially as a result of travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus. The upper caps were put in place to ensure that passengers are not overcharged when demand for seats is high.
The ministry upped the lower limit for flights less than 40 minutes in duration from 2,600 to 2,900 in an order dated August 12, 2021, a rise of 11.53 percent. The highest limit for flights less than 40 minutes was raised by 12.82 percent to $8,800. Similarly, flights lasting 40-60 minutes now have a lower limit of 3,700 instead of 3,300, according to the directive. On Thursday, the upper limit for these flights was raised by 12.24 percent to $11,000.
Flights lasting 60-90 minutes have a lower limit of $4,500, representing a 12.5 percent raise. The highest limit for these flights has been raised to $13,200, up 12.82 percent. Domestic flights with a duration of 90-120 minutes, 120-150 minutes, 150-180 minutes, and 180-210 minutes now have lower caps of 5,300, 6,700, 8,300, and 9,800 minutes, respectively, according to the ministry’s decision.
Domestic flights with durations of 90-120, 120-150, 150-180, and 180-210 minutes had lower restrictions of 4,700, 6,100, 7,400, and 8,700 minutes, respectively, till now. According to the new directive, the lower cap for trips lasting 120-150 minutes has been increased by 9.83 percent to $6,700.
The decree increased the upper caps on domestic flights of 90-120, 120-150, 150-180, and 180-210 minutes by 12.3 percent, 12.42 percent, 12.74 percent, and 12.39 percent, respectively, on August 12.
The passenger security fee, the airport user development fee, and the GST are not included in the government’s order’s caps. These fees are applied on top of the ticket price when it is purchased by the passenger.
According to the ministry’s order issued on Thursday, the government made the decision to raise the lower and upper limits in light of the “current COVID-19 scenario” in the country.
(News source: PTI)