Air travel is set to become costlier. While national carrier Air India (AI) has already hiked fares other airlines are set to follow suit.
AI hiked fuel surcharge on tickets, ranging from Rs. 150 to Rs. 250 for domestic travel and $15 (Rs. 825) for a one-way international ticket, following an almost 8% increase in jet fuel prices.
Friday also saw a steep 7.6% increase in the price of aviation turbine fuel (ATF). Sources said ATF prices have risen by 16% in the past two months.
The fare hike could hit the domestic air travel market that shrunk by almost 10% this July over the same month last year.
The domestic fuel surcharge for a distance of over 1,000 km so far was Rs. 3250, this will now go up to Rs. 3,500.
"We have taken note of the latest hike in ATF prices. The hike has a direct impact on operating cost and we would have no option but to pass the burden on to the passenger," an official from a private airline said.