Domestic Flight Tickets May Get Expensive; DGCA Increase Fare Band By 10-30%

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Thursday (11th Feb 2020) announced that the minimum and maximum fare bands on domestic flights will be increased by 10-30 percent with immediate effect.

So, domestic air passengers will have to shell out more money for air travel.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) had enforced the seven fare bands on airfare in economy class for domestic flights on May 21, 2020, in wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

The subsequent bands would be for flights with durations of 40-60 minutes, 60-90 minutes, 90-120 minutes, 120-150 minutes, 150-180 minutes, and 180-210 minutes.

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The lower and upper limits for these bands are: ₹2,500-₹7,500; ₹3,000-₹9,000; ₹3,500-₹10,000; ₹4,500-₹13,000; ₹5,500-₹15,700 and ₹6,500-₹18,600, respectively, the DGCA said.

The cap was set on the base fare and above the base fare, the passenger will have to pay taxes including GST, user development fee, passenger service fee among other charges.

Class of SectorsMinimum Fare (in Rs.)Maximum Fare (in Rs.)
A2,2007,800
B2,8009,800
C3,30011,700
D3,90013,000
E5,00016,900
F6,10020,400
G7,20024,200
New Fare Bands on Domestic Flights

Earlier, Domestic flights with less than 40-minute duration to have lower and upper limits of ₹2,000 and ₹6,000, for 40-60 minutes ₹2,500 and ₹7,500, for 60-90 minutes ₹3,000 and ₹9,000, for 90-120 minutes ₹3,500 and ₹10,000, for 120-150 minutes ₹4,500 and ₹13,000 and 150-180 minutes ₹5,500 and ₹15,700.

It must be noted that the scheduled commercial international passenger traffic continues to remain suspended in India since 23rd March 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, special international flights have been operating since July 2020 under air bubble arrangements formed with various countries.

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