Air tickets just got costlier. Tickets for distances below 750 kilometres will now be costlier by Rs 200. For distances of over 750 kilometre fliers will have to shell out an additional Rs 300.
The hike would be effective midnight tonight.
Low passenger traffic, rising operating costs and increased prices of aviation turbine fuel (ATF) have led these airlines to hike their fuel surcharge.
For Jet Airways, the total fuel surcharge would now be Rs 3,000 for distances above 750 km and Rs 2,150 below 750 km. The total fuel surcharge levied by Kingfisher now stands at Rs 3,250 and Rs 2,400 per ticket.
The hike in fuel surcharge would also be applicable on flights of the budget carriers JetLite and Kingfisher Red.
Low cost carrier Spice Jet is likely to announce a hike in fuel surcharge in “the next few days”. Spokesperson for state-run carrier Air India said, the carrier had “no immediate plans” to revise fuel surcharge.
The increase in fuel surcharge follows hike in aviation turbine fuel (ATF) prices last week. State-run oil companies had on April 15 raised prices of jet fuel for the third time in a month, by about 6.7 per cent.
Following the hike, ATF is priced in Delhi at Rs 31,926 per kilolitre and at Rs 32,854 per kl in Mumbai.
In a statement, Kingfisher Airlines said, “consequent upon successive increase in ATF prices, effective midnight today (April 19) the fuel surcharge for travel on domestic sectors of Kingfisher Airlines stands increased by Rs 200 for sectors below 750 km and by Rs 300 for sectors above 750 km.”