New Delhi: Domestic flying is going to be costlier for travellers with the Civil Aviation Ministry raising the lower limits on airfares by 13% to 16% on Saturday. However, the upper limits have remained unchanged.
The increase in fares will come into effect from 1 June, according to an official order.
The move comes to relieve the burden on airlines that have seen significant drop in domestic passenger count in view of the devastating second wave of COVID-19.
According to the order, the new fare structures will be:
Flight duration Existing lower limit (Rs) New lower limit (Rs)
Under 40 mins 2300 2600
40-60 mins 2900 3300
60-90 mins 3,500 4,000
90-120 mins 4,100 4,700
120-150 mins 5,300 6.100
150-180 mins 6,400 7,400
180-210 mins 7,600 8,700
Notably, the Centre had imposed lower and upper limits on airfares based on flight duration when services were resumed on May 25, 2020 after a two-month lockdown.