Home / News / India /  Flight tickets: No caps on domestic airfares from tomorrow. What it means for flyers

Are you planning to travel during the festive season? If yes, then this news is for you. From tomorrow, 31 August, the government will remove price caps on domestic airfares. This will give airlines flexibility on passenger fares.

After a span of approximately 27 month, the limits imposed on domestic airfares will be removed from August 31, the Union Aviation Ministry had informed earlier this month.

"After review of the current status of scheduled domestic operations viz-a-viz passenger demand for air travel...it has been decided to remove the fare bands notified from time to time regarding the airfares with effect from August 31, 2022," the Civil Aviation Ministry stated in an order.

Will domestic airfares come down?

From tomorrow, August 31, since there are no longer any price caps, airlines can charge whatever they see fit for passengers. The airlines may offer discounts on flight ticket prices to attract more travellers. Previously, airlines could not offer discounts because of the lower and upper price caps on domestic airfare imposed by the government.

Why did govt decide to remove caps on domestic airfares?

"The decision to remove air fare caps has been taken after careful analysis of daily demand and prices of air turbine fuel (ATF). Stabilisation has set in and we are certain that the sector is poised for growth in domestic traffic in the near future," Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia had tweeted.

ATF prices have been coming down during the last few weeks after jumping to record levels, primarily due to the Russia-Ukraine war that began on February 24.

Why did the govt impose lower and upper caps on domestic airfares?

The govt had imposed lower and upper limits on domestic airfares in May 2020 as air travel resumed after the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown. While the government allowed 100 per cent capacity deployment in October 2021, it continued with the pricing regulation. The lower caps were there to protect the financially weaker airlines and the upper caps to protect passengers from high fares.

For example, airlines currently cannot charge a passenger less than 2,900 (excluding GST) and more than 8,800 (excluding GST) for domestic flights of less than 40 minutes.



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