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Deccan Herald » National » Detailed Story
Airlines hike minimum base fares
From B S Arun, DH News Service, New Delhi:



Following hike in their fares, full service carriers henceforth will have three slabs in minimum basic fares ranging from Rs 1000 to Rs 3000. In addition to minimum basic fare, consumers will have to pay fixed charges like fuel surcharge, congestion charge and government taxes, where there is no change at the moment.

Jet Airways, Air India and Kingfisher Airlines will have the new minimum base fare structure charging Rs 1000 for distance less than 750 km, Rs 2250 for distance between 750 and 1000 km and Rs 3000 for distance above 1000 km. Previously, the minimum basic fare ranged anywhere between Rs 100 and Rs 1,000.

In the case of budget airlines, Deccan will charge Rs 500 minimum base fare for distance below 750 km, Rs 1500 for distance between 751 km to 1000 km and Rs 2000 for distance over 1001 km. JetLite, the subsidiary of Jet Airways, will have a similar fare structure.

Other low cost carriers such as SpiceJet and IndiGo will charge Rs 2250 as fuel surge for distance below 750 km and Rs 2900 for distance above 750 km as against Rs 1950 and Rs 2250, respectively.

Drop in fare

Thus, the increased fare structure will mean a hike of five to 20 per cent in the fares of low cost and major airlines, effective from June 20.

Interestingly, if you travel by Jet Airways, there are chances of you paying less than what you were earlier charged. According to information made available to Deccan Herald by the airline, with the reclassification of certain categories, passengers will pay less basic fare. For example, under the Dynamic Fare System, if the Bangalore-Mumbai base fare earlier was Rs 3075, it will  be now Rs 2925, if it was Rs 3575, it will now cost Rs 3375.

Similarly in certain categories of Jet’s Bangalore-Delhi basic fare, there is no change. Categories charging, for example, Rs 3300, Rs 4500, Rs 5375 will remain unchanged.

An Air India official said the state-run carrier’s discounted tickets will have near similar fare structure as that of Jet Airways.

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