Jet, Kingfisher hike airfare, others follow suit

Along with low fares comes not to so good news of fare hike. Passengers will have to fork out more for their tickets now as Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines and their no-frill subsidiaries jacked up fuel surcharge by Rs 400 each on all domestic sectors. Public sector Air India indicated it will soon follow suit.

The reason for the hike was the rise in fuel surcharge. The air turbine fuel (ATF) was increased by 33 per cent increase over the past three months. Last week, it was hiked by 10 per cent.

For Jet Airways, the hike would take the total fuel surcharge on a ticket below a distance of 750 kms to Rs 2,450 and beyond that to Rs 3,400. For its no-frill subsidiaries Jet Airways Konnect and JetLite, it would be Rs 2,150 and Rs 3,100 respectively.

A Kingfisher Airlines spokesperson said the hike would apply uniformly for flights across all distances and all classes of travel, including subsidiary Kingfisher Red.

The increase has been made effective by all these carriers for bookings from Wednesday.

An Air India spokesperson said “We are also seriously contemplating an upward revision in fuel surcharge in view of the continuous increase in ATF prices” and a decision was expected in a couple of days.

The other carriers such as SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir are yet to take a decision on the hike.

The latest hike comes in the wake of the low fares announced by various airlines considering the lean monsoon season.

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