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Air travel turns costlier, suddenly

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 05, 2013
First Published: 01:21 IST(5/9/2013) | Last Updated: 01:23 IST(5/9/2013)

Within days of the hike in prices of aviation turbine fuel (ATF), domestic carriers across the board, have raised air fares, both spot and advance.

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A Delhi-Mumbai ticket for travel the next day, which was available for Rs. 4,900 till two days back is now selling for Rs. 9,300.

"Fares have increased by over 40%... and will certainly be a big blow to demand in the coming festive and leisure travel season," said Sharat Dhall, president, Yatra.com said.

Rajji Rai, advisor to the Travel Agents’ Association of India, said more significant increase in fares is expected in the next couple of weeks. "With Durga Puja and Dussehra next month a further increase is one the cards," Rai said.

Yatra.com said tickets booked seven days in advance were up 23% while 21-day advance fares had risen by 19% and 30-day advance were up 24%.

"There are multiple factors at play in this increase in airfares," Dhall said. "The rupee, the hike in ATF price, the fact that all carriers had cut prices in the off-season, have all contributed."

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