Domestic Air Tickets Won’t Be Expensive! Govt Will Continue To Impose 15-Days Fare Limit For All Domestic Flights
With the daily Covid-19 cases on record lows, travel restrictions have been removed almost completely, and India has seen over four lakh domestic air passengers in a single day on Monday.
Commenting on the development, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has applauded India’s aviation industry and pegs the daily passenger count to reach normal pre-pandemic levels soon.
India’s Daily Air Count Exceeds 4 Lakh Passenger Mark
Jyotiraditya Scindia informed that the air domestic passengers’ count on Monday surpassed 4 lakh in the day, indicating strong movement towards achieving the pre-pandemic count levels soon.
“It was a very difficult time in the previous years due to the covid pandemic. We have seen over 3.7, 3.8 and 3.9 lakhs passengers in a day over the last 10 days. I’m confident that travelling–both domestically and internationally, in India is coming back strong”, stated Scindia, while terming the data ‘historic’.
Fare Cap Details
Scindia also informed that the Civil Aviation ministry (MoCA) has imposed a fare cap for a period of 15 days, so this means that the Govt could be controlling the fare hike on air ticket sales for the last time.
This is because airline operators have urged the MoCA to remove the fare limit, given a surge in air ticket prices due to an exponential rise in Aviation turbine fuel prices.
Scindia said, “If we talk about the fare caps, then it is my responsibility to the passengers as well as to the airlines. The passengers should get the accessible fare and the airlines are also able to survive, especially when the Aviation turbine fuel (ATF) has increased at a rapid pace to Rs 1,20,000 per kilolitres; which translates to a difference of about sixty per cent in just one to one and a half years. At present, the fare which is applicable for 15 days is on the rolling system. The decision to remove it will be taken at an appropriate time.”