The government has decided to increase the air band lower band by five per cent. The government has attributed the increase in fares due to the increase in air fuel prices.
On Friday, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that as the price of ATF has steadily increased, it has been decided to increase the lower fare band by 5%, keeping the upper fare band unchanged. Keep in mind that in February, the price band has increased by 10 percent and in the upper band by 30 percent. He told that this increase will continue till April, the next decision on the fare will be made on the basis of the price of air fuel.
Hardeep Singh Puri has announced a five percent increase in the lower fare band due to a steady increase in the price of ATF [Aviation Turbine Fuel]. However, he said, “the upper fare band would remain unchanged. We can open the sector once a month for 100% operation,once daily passenger traffic crosses 3.5.”
On Friday, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri himself admitted that the corona was having an impact on air services. Several states have imposed several restrictions for passengers traveling by air amidst the growing outbreak of Corona. Due to which the number of passengers traveling continuously by air is decreasing. Hardeep said that the government is not taking the decision to open domestic air services completely. Aviation companies will run at 80 per cent capacity.