Rising fuel prices forced airlines to increase fares: Ravi

August 3rd, 2011 - 11:50 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi Wednesday blamed rising jet fuel prices for domestic airlines increasing the fuel charge component in airfare to a maximum of Rs.1,400 in the first six months of the year.

“In view of increase in ATF price, scheduled domestic airlines have increased airline fuel charge component of the airfare up to a maximum of Rs.1,400 during January 2011 to June 2011,” Ravi informed the Lok Sabha through a written reply.

Ravi further said that total airfare in domestic sectors depended upon market forces.

“With a view to maintaining transparency in tariff publication, domestic airlines have been asked to display established tariff route-wise and fare category-wise on monthly basis,” Ravi said.

Ravi added that airlines also have to notify any changes in fare to DGCA within 24 hrs of effecting such a change.

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