With the outbreak of Kovid-19 epidemic in the country decreasing, the government has given relief to the airlines. Passenger capacity has been increased from 72.5 per cent to 85 per cent. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has also changed the rules related to fares. The lower and upper limits of air fare will be applicable only for 15 days in a month. This will be applicable for 15 days at any time of the month and airlines will be free to charge the fee without any limit from the 16th day.
This arrangement, which came into force from August 12 this year, was currently for 30 days and airlines were charging without any limit from the 31st day. In a new order issued on Saturday, the ministry said, suppose today is September 20, then the fare limit will be applicable till October 4. Thus, bookings made on September 20 for travel on or after October 5 will not be governed by the fare limit.
Subsidy will continue on emergency air travel
The order said that if bookings are made on the next day, i.e. September 21, then the fare limit will be applicable till October 5 and for travel on or after October 6, the fare limit will not be applicable.
On May 25, 2020, after the lockdown imposed due to the epidemic in the country, the lower and upper limits of the fare were fixed based on the duration of the flight when the flight services resumed. Domestic air travel became expensive on 12 August this year. The Ministry of Civil Aviation had increased the lower and upper limits of fares from 9.83 to 12.82 per cent.
The subsidy on emergency air travel will continue as there will be a limit on tickets booked 15 days in advance. But if the ticket is booked one month in advance then there will be no fare limit on it. This means that the airlines will charge the fare according to their own. This time the fare has already been increased 4 times.
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For flights of less than 40 minutes duration, the minimum fare is Rs 2,900 and the maximum is Rs 8,800. The minimum fare is Rs 9,800 and the maximum is Rs 27,200 for a flight duration of 180 to 210 minutes. If the ticket is booked 15 days in advance, then this fare limit will be applicable.
The government had reduced the capacity in domestic flights to 33 percent to reduce the risk of corona. Later it was increased to 45 percent and now it has been increased to 85 percent.
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