At least two leading domestic airlines have increased the fuel surcharge by up to Rs150 from last week. A hike in fuel surcharge reflects in higher ticket prices.
Low cost carrier Spicejet Airlines and the national carrier Air India confirmed the hike on fuel surcharge owing to an increase in jet fuel prices. Both the airlines are charging an extra Rs100 for travel up to 1000 km and Rs50 for longer journeys.
The move is likely to affect several passengers as the two airlines cater to more than 36% domestic fliers in India, according to the civil aviation ministry’s market share data for July.
“Already air travel has become expensive over the last year owing to high airfares and increase in service tax. Any addition to the ticket cost would burden travellers,” said a Colaba-based travel agent, requesting anonymity.
Domestic airlines had increased fuel surcharge by Rs200 in February this year.
Travel agents said the hike could mainly impact families planning vacations during Diwali. “The hike does seem small but when a person has to buy return tickets for a family of four it is a significant amount,” said another tour operator.
The minimum fuel surcharge until now was Rs1500 which will become Rs1600 for the two airlines. The highest surcharge until now was Rs2,400, which has become Rs2,550.