Domestic Air Travel To Get Expensive As Govt Raises Lower Limit on Fare & Cuts Seating Capacity to 50%. The Union civil aviation ministry on Friday reduced the seating capacity of domestic flights in India from the existing 80% to 50% of their normal capacity from June 1, 2021 onwards. The decision is made owing to the second wave of COVID 19 in India.
Fares for domestic travel could also get expensive as the ministry also raised the lower limit on fares from existing 13% to 16 %.
“This decision has been taken because of the sudden surge in the number of active Covid-19 cases across the country, decrease in passenger traffic and passenger load factor (occupancy rate)”, said the Ministry of Civil Aviation in an order issued late on Friday said.
According to the latest order issued by the officials, the lower limit for flights under 40 minutes of duration will be increased from ₹2,300 to ₹2,600 — an increase of around 13%.
Similarly, flights with a duration between 40 minutes and 1 hour will have a lower limit of ₹3,300 instead of ₹2,900 now, the order claimed.
Below is the new slabs of minimum fare as per the duration of flights.
|Flight Duration||Old Minimum Fare||New Minimum Fare||% Change|
|Up to 40 Minutes||2300||2600||13%|
For the domestic flights with duration between 60 minutes upto 90 minutes, the lower limit will go up from ₹3,500 to ₹4,000. For the domestic flights with 90-120 minutes duration, the lower limit will go up from ₹4,100 to ₹4,700, and from ₹5,300 to ₹6,100 for flights of 120-150 minutes duration, from ₹6,400 to ₹7,400 for flights of 150-180 minutes and from ₹7,600 to 8,700 for flights of 180-210 minutes duration.
The 80% occupancy in domestic flights was approved during 2020 year end due to lesser COVID spread which was 33% before during the peak spread in 2020, which is now reduced to 50% again owing to the second wave.