Airlines hike fuel surcharge (Lead)

June 2nd, 2008 - 10:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, June 2 (IANS) Taking its cue from state-owned Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines and Deccan have hiked the fuel surcharge by Rs.300-Rs.550, effective from Monday midnight. The surcharge for travel distance up to 750 km (short-haul) would go up by Rs.300, while for the travel beyond 750 km, it would be Rs.550.

“The higher fuel surcharge will be levied on flights departing after Monday midnight and from early hours of Tuesday. It is increased by Rs.300 for sectors up to 750 km and by Rs.550 for sectors beyond 750 km,” said a spokesperson of the UB group, which owns both Deccan and Kingfisher Airlines.

Now a passenger travelling with Jet would be charged Rs.2,250 as fuel surcharge for short-haul routes and for beyond 750 km, it would be Rs.2,900, said a Jet spokesperson.

According to figures obtained from Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), aviation turbine fuel (ATF) in Mumbai now costs Rs.71,759.06 per kilolitre, up from Rs.60,468.28. In New Delhi, it costs Rs.69,227.08 against Rs.58,387.92 earlier.

With spiralling global oil prices, the airlines have hiked fuel surcharge five times in the past five months, passing on the additional burden to the passenger.

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