Domestic flights to cost 15% more from June 1

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New Delhi: Civil Aviation Ministry has increased the lower limit on fares of domestic air travel by 15 per cent with effect from June 1.

The increase come in view of the massive losses being faced by Air carriers in India, as travellers are not feeling comfortable flying amid the rising cases of Covid-19 in the country. The second wave of Covid-19 has made the situation worse for firms operating passenger flights. 

The decision is aimed at supporting the airlines amid a devastating second wave of COVID-19 which has reduced air travel significantly. Meanwhile, the aviation ministry has also decided to cut the network capacity to airlines. 

The lower limit for flights under 40 minutes of duration had been increased (by 13 per cent) to Rs 2,600 from Rs 2,300, according to Ministry’s official notification. The maximum fare for such flights is capped at Rs 7,800. 

Likewise, lower limits for the flights with a duration between 40 minutes and 60 minutes has been increased to Rs 3,300 from Rs 2,900 now. The maximum fare for such flights is set at Rs 9,800.

It is important to note that the upper limits on fares remain unchanged. 

Last year when India imposed a national lockdown, the aviation ministry decided to set lower and upper limits on airfares to protect customers from paying exorbitant prices. The airfares are based on flight duration.