Air India, SpiceJet raise fuel surcharge by Rs.400 (Lead)

June 18th, 2009 - 8:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, June 18 (IANS) National carrier Air India and SpiceJet joined Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines Thursday in hiking fuel surcharge on tickets by Rs.400.
“We have decided to increase the fuel surcharge by Rs.400 in the domestic sector and this will be effective from tomorrow (Friday),” Air India’s spokesperson told IANS Thursday.

Earlier in the day, low-cost carrier SpiceJet had similarly announced hike in its fuel surcharge. “We have increased fuel surcharge by Rs.400 on our flights with immediate effect,” SpiceJet chief operation officer Samyukta Shreedharan told reporters here.

Leading private carriers Jet and Kingfisher raised their fuel surcharge, also by Rs.400, earlier in the week on all domestic sectors.

“The increase was necessitated by sharp increase in ATF prices by 33 percent since March 2009,” Jet said in a statement Wednesday.

State-run oil firms hiked fuel prices by 12 percent Monday, the sixth increase since March 16. ATF now costs Rs.36,252 per kilolitre in Delhi, an increase of Rs.3,949. In Mumbai, it costs Rs.37,367 per kilolitre as compared to Rs.33,260 earlier.

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