Govt fixes minimum and maximum fare for domestic flights for 3 months
New Delhi: A day after announcing the resumption of flight operations in the domestic route, the ministry of Civil Aviation on Thursday announced the minimum and maximum cap on fares. The ministry has also classified the domestic routes into 7 categories based on the flight time.
“We’ve set a minimum & a maximum fare for domestic flights. For example, in the case of Delhi, Mumbai the minimum fare would be Rs 3500 for a journey between 90-120 minutes, the maximum fare would be Rs 10,000. This is operative for 3 months – till one minute to midnight on 24th August” said Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.
The government rule also mandated that the operators have to sell 40% seats at a fare less than the midpoint of the band.
“40% of seats have to be sold at a fare less than the midpoint of the band. For example, the midpoint of Rs 3500 & Rs 10000 is Rs 6700. So 40% of the seats have to be sold at a price less than Rs 6700. This is how we’re ensuring that fares don’t go out of control” said Union Civil Aviation secretary.