Airlines to hike fuel surcharge on domestic tickets
Moneylife Digital Team 30 March 2013

No-frill carrier IndiGo is likely to decide on the issue shortly. So far the airline has desisted from revising fuel surcharge but it is expected to take a call on the issue in the next couple of days

State-owned Air India and private carrier Jet Airways have hiked fuel surcharge on domestic tickets by up to Rs150, making domestic air travel costlier again.

 

“Both Jet Airways and Air India have revised their fuel surcharge on domestic network by up to Rs150,” an industry source said.

 

The increase has been effected from the second fortnight of this month, sources said, adding that the fuel surcharge has been revised upwards by Rs150 for travel above 1,000 km and Rs100 for travel up to 1,000 km.

 

No-frill carrier IndiGo is likely to decide on the issue, airline sources said. So far the airline has desisted from revising fuel surcharge but it is expected to take a call on the issue in the next couple of days.

 

The other no-frill carriers—GoAir and SpiceJet—did not respond to messages asking whether they were also mulling to hike their fuel surcharge. The hike in surcharge came ahead of the peak summer season when air ticket prices soar in any case due to high demand.

 

Fuel surcharge, which came in to force since the global meltdown in 2008, help airlines offset part of their operations costs in which fuel bills contribute the most—almost 40%.

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