Domestic air travelling to cost more from 21 June

Domestic air travelling to cost more from 21 June
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First Published: Thu, Jun 19 2008. 09 35 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Jun 19 2008. 09 35 PM IST
PTI
New Delhi/Mumbai: Starting from tomorrow, domestic air travel will be dearer by 10-15% as major airlines, including national carrier Air India, announced an increase in base fares.
Sources in the aviation industry said the new fares for Jet Airways, Air India and Kingfisher would come into effect from tomorrow.
The low-cost carriers have also announced an increase in fares, ranging from Rs 300 to Rs 500, they added.
An Air India spokesperson said the minimum slab of fares has been fixed keeping in view distance and that the increase varies from sector to sector.
“The percentage of hike will vary from sector to sector and distance as well,” he said.
According to sources, the base fares for journey of up to 750 kilometres would be charged a minimum of Rs 1,000, while travelling more than 750 kilometre but less than 1,000 kilometres would have a base fare of Rs 2,250.
Flying beyond 1,000 kilometres will have a base fare of Rs 3,000.
However, budget carrier SpiceJet said it was hiking its fuel surcharge in the range of Rs 300-Rs 500.
“We were expecting the state governments to lower sales tax after our meeting with the Finance Minister early this month. However, nothing has moved so far. We are left with no option but to raise the fuel surcharge,” SpiceJet’s Chief Operating Officer Samyukta Sridharan told PTI.
Vijay Mallya-owned Kingfisher Airlines is also in the process of reviewing its fares and a decision could be expected very soon, its spokesperson said.
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First Published: Thu, Jun 19 2008. 09 35 PM IST