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Rupee impact: Jet increases fares by a steep 25%

PTI  Mumbai, September 04, 2013
First Published: 20:53 IST(4/9/2013) | Last Updated: 04:32 IST(5/9/2013)

Jet Airways on Wednesday followed its smaller rival SpiceJet and hiked fares by a steep 25% to mitigate the impact of the sharp fall in the rupee value and a near 15% spike in oil prices of late.

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"The airline has hiked its fares by 25% with immediate effect," a Jet Airways source said in Mumbai.

Asked whether the hike is on fuel surcharge or base fare, the source said, "it (increase) is in total fares." The move comes in the wake of a nearly 25% fall in the rupee against the dollar and a recent 6.9% hike in aviation turbine fuel, sources said.

International oil prices have been trading between $105 and $115 a barrel since the past few months and following the Syrian crisis, has seen more upward spurt.

On Tuesday, cash-strapped budget carrier SpiceJet, which has been put on a cash-n-carry mode by airport operators recently, increased prices by a similar amount, citing the same reasons.

Other airlines are also likely to follow suit in the near future.

Jet fuel (ATF) prices were hiked by a steep 6.9%, taking the rate to Rs. 75,031 per kilolitre (KL) from September 1. This hike had come on the back of two rounds of ATF price hikes effected in July and August by oil marketing companies.

ATF prices were increased by 5.8% on July 1 and by another 6.3% on August 1.


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