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Government removes caps on domestic airfare effective from Aug 31

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NEW DELHI: After roughly 27 months, restrictions on domestic airfare will be lifted on August 31. This announcement was made by the Union Aviation Ministry on Wednesday.

"The decision to remove airfare caps has been taken after careful analysis of daily demand and prices of air turbine fuel (ATF). Stabilisation has set in and we are certain that the sector is poised for growth in domestic traffic in the near future," Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Twitter.

ATF prices have been coming down during the last few weeks after jumping to record levels, primarily due to the Russia-Ukraine war that began on February 24.

On August 1, the price of ATF in Delhi was Rs 1.21 lakh per kilo-litre, which was around 14 per cent lower than last month.

The ministry had imposed lower and upper limits on domestic airfares based on flight durations when services were resumed on May 25, 2020, after a two-month lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

For example, airlines currently cannot charge a passenger less than Rs 2,900 (excluding GST) and more than Rs 8,800 (excluding GST) for domestic flights of less than 40 minutes.

The lower caps were there to protect the financially weaker airlines and the upper caps to protect passengers from high fares.

On Wednesday, the Civil Aviation Ministry stated in an order: "After review of the current status of scheduled domestic operations viz-a-viz passenger demand for air travel. It has been decided to remove the fare bands notified from time to time regarding the airfares with effect from August 31, 2022."

However, the instructions to stop the spread of Covid-19 must be properly followed, and Covid-appropriate behaviour must be strictly enforced by them while travelling, it was stated.

Vinod Kannan, CEO of Vistara, stated on June 19 that while he would be pleased if the lower and maximum limitations on airfares were raised, the best option would be for the airlines to have complete discretion over pricing.

With PTI inputs

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