29th May, 2021
Domestic air travel will now become expensive. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has raised the lower fare from 13 to 16 percent. This hike in passenger fares will be applicable from June 1. The ministry has said in an order that there has been no increase in the upper limit of the fare. At the same time, the suspension of international flights has been extended till 30 June.
The government has made this increase in passenger fares to provide relief to airlines affected by the second wave of the Corona virus. There has been a significant decline in air travel due to the epidemic. The official order states that the fare has been increased from Rs 2,300 to Rs 2,600 for a duration of up to 40 minutes. It has been increased by 13 percent. The minimum fare for 40 minutes to 60 minutes will be Rs. 3,300 instead of Rs. 2,900.
Similarly, the minimum fare for 60-90, 90-120, 120-150, 150-180 and 180-210 minutes will be Rs 4,000, Rs 4,700, Rs 6,100, Rs 7,400 and Rs 8,700 respectively. Meanwhile, the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended until June 30 due to the corona virus epidemic. However, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said that scheduled international flights may be permitted by competent authorities on select routes depending on individual cases.
The international airline has been suspended in India since March 23, 2020 due to Corona virus epidemic. But international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May 2020. Apart from this, passenger planes are also operating under air bubble agreement with some selected countries from July 2020. India has entered into an air bubble agreement with 27 countries including the US, UAE, Kenya, Bhutan and France.