Domestic fares will now remain capped till November 24. Domestic passenger flights had resumed on May 25 after remaining suspended for two months. The government had at that time fixed minimum and maximum fares and airlines need to sell 40 per cent seats below mid-point of the fare band on each flight. This capping was to remain till 11.59 pm of August 24, 2020.
On Friday, the aviation ministry extended the validity of this order for three more months till 11.59 pm of November 24, 2020.
“As per the prevailing situation of COVID-19, the central government directs (the domestic fare capping order) shall remain in force till 11.59 pm of November 24, 2020, or until further orders,” an order issued by aviation ministry joint secretary S K Mishra said. Based on this, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has directed airlines to strictly adhere to the same.
The ministry had on May 21 classified domestic flights into seven categories based on flying time — starting at flights below 40 minutes having a range of Rs 2,000 – Rs 6,000 and going upto those with flying time of 3 hours-3.5 hours with a range of Rs 6,500-Rs 18,600.