New Delhi The Civil Aviation Ministry has made a major announcement for domestic air travelers. With this, crores of passengers will benefit greatly and can travel in cheap fares. The ministry has extended the ban on increasing airfare till 24 November. The order related to this was issued on 21 May after the airlines were allowed to operate after the lockdown. In this, the fare category was determined on the basis of distance of air travel. Following the outbreak of the Kovid epidemic, the ministry had banned the increase in domestic airfare and had set maximum and minimum fares for flights.
Due to the increasing demand for air travel, the maximum limit was set to stop the huge increase in fares, while the lower limit was set to ensure the operating cost of the airlines. In June itself, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had announced the capping of fares on the domestic route. During that time, this capping was for 24 August, which has been extended for 3 months now.
So much aerial capping
For domestic flights less than 40 minutes, the minimum fare was fixed at Rs 2,000 and the maximum fare was Rs 6,000. The limit for 40 to 60 minutes was Rs 2,500 and Rs 7,500 respectively. The minimum fare for a 60 to 90 minute flight has been fixed at Rs 3,000 and the maximum fare is Rs 9,000. Similarly for 90 to 120 minutes this limit is Rs 3,500 and Rs 10,000. For flights of 120 minutes to 150 minutes, the fare has been fixed between Rs 4,500 to Rs 13,000. For a flight of 150 minutes to 180 minutes, the fare has been kept at a minimum of Rs 5,500 and a maximum of Rs 15,570.
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