Mumbai: In line with an up to Rs200 hike in fuel surcharge on domestic travel by two private carriers, state-run Air India on Wednesday increased the same across its domestic sectors by a similar amount.
Air India has raised fuel surcharge by Rs100 for travel up to 750 km and Rs200 for flights over 750 km, an Air India spokesperson told the news agency.
“The hike was necessitated following the steep spike in aviation fuel prices in the past few months,” the spokesperson pointed out.
After the hike, the revised fuel surcharge stands at Rs2,450 and Rs3,300, respectively, the spokesperson said, adding the hike comes into force with immediate effect.
Last week, Jet Airways and Kingfisher had raised fuel surcharges by Rs100 and Rs200 on their domestic sectors effective from 1 January following a 2% hike in jet fuel prices effected by oil marketing companies.
Oil marketing companies have been increasing ATF prices as the international crude price has already crossed $92 a barrel last week.
Last week’s hike was second in two weeks as the oil companies had increased aviation turbine fuel (ATF) price by a hefty 3.6% on 15 December too.
Following today’s surcharge increase, travel to sectors such as Mumbai-Hyderabad, Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Thiruvananthapuram-Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram-Coimbatore will be dearer by Rs100, whereas flyers on the Mumbai-Delhi, Delhi-Hyderabad, Delhi-Kolkata, Mumbai-Bangalore and Mumbai-Kochi sectors will have to shell out Rs200 more per ticket as these fall above 750 km distance.