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Air fares head north as carriers hike fuel surcharge

Air fares head north as carriers hike fuel surcharge
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First Published: Tue, Jun 03 2008. 08 42 AM IST
Updated: Tue, Jun 03 2008. 08 42 AM IST
PTI
Mumbai: With public sector oil firms increasing Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) sale prices by 18.5%, major air-carriers have raised fuel surcharge with effect from 4June, making air travel costlier.
While national air-carrier, Air India, announced its decision to hike fuel surcharge on 31May, other carriers announced their hikes on 3June.
Jet Airways, Kingfisher and Deccan, along with Air India are amongst the major air-carriers who have already effected a hike in fuel surcharge.
With the increase, a passenger will be charged Rs2,250 as fuel surcharge for a distance of up to 750 kms, and Rs2,900 for beyond 750 kms, a Jet Airways spokesperson told PTI here today.
Kingfisher and Deccan too followed suit by hiking their fuel surcharge by Rs300 (distance travelled upto 750 km) for short-haul and Rs550 for long hauls (beyond 750 km).
Other air-carriers are likely to follow suit in a day or two, according to available indicators.
Public sector oil companies had announced an 18% hike in Aviation Turbine Fuel last week, forcing air-carriers to pass on the additional burden to their passengers.
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First Published: Tue, Jun 03 2008. 08 42 AM IST