Jet hikes fuel surcharge on local flights; others may follow

Our Bureau Mumbai/New Delhi | Updated on March 02, 2011 Published on February 24, 2011

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Flying is set to become more expensive with Jet Airways announcing plans to increase fuel surcharge on its domestic network from Saturday.

The airline will be charging Rs 100 more on routes under 1,000 km and Rs 200 on routes over 1,000 km, it said in a communication to travel agents on Wednesday. This would mean that from Saturday a passenger flying between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, for example, will have to pay Rs 100 more, while a Mumbai-New Delhi ticket will cost Rs 200 more.

“We are increasing our fuel surcharge levels on all domestic Jet Airways, Jet Airways Konnect and Jet Lite flights for sales effective February 26, 2011,” said Vice-President, Passenger Sales for India, Ms Sonu Kriplani, in a note sent to the agents.

Though other domestic airlines did not reply to queries, indications are that they will follow suit. Jet, Kingfisher Airline and Air India had revised fuel surcharges in the similar range in the first week of January. Indian oil marketing companies have been increasing aviation turbine fuel (ATF) prices on the back of rising international crude oil prices.

The Jet increase comes after the latest 4 per cent hike in the ATF prices on February 16. Since January 1, when the airlines increased fuel surcharge, the ATF prices have gone up by 11 per cent.

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Published on February 24, 2011
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