♦ The government emphasized that due to the opening of the aviation market, it is necessary to increase fares.
♦ The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) stated that the fare increase is a routine change. However, aviation experts say that prices have risen due to rising fuel prices.
♦ On the 180-210 minutes flight, the highest price range has increased by 30%. The price increased by Rs 5,600. As a result, the price increased from Rs 18,600 to Rs 24,200.
♦ The price floor of the shortest route has been increased by 10%. This is equivalent to an increase of Rs 200.
♦ The range of domestic fares has also increased. The lower price range for domestic flights has been increased from Rs 2,000 to Rs 2,200, while the higher price range has been increased from Rs 6,000 to Rs 7,800.
♦ For the highest fare range, the lowest fare has been increased from Rs 6,500 to Rs 24,200, while the highest fare has been increased from Rs 18,600 to Rs 24,200.
♦ When the Covid-19 pandemic reached its peak, the Ministry of Civil Aviation imposed a fixed ceiling on air travel. Since the market has been opened, the price cap has been removed. The government has announced the suspension of all commercial passenger flights in March 2020 because the government announced a strict nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Now, the government has allowed the resumption of domestic flights across the country.
♦ The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is a statutory body formed by passing the 2020 Aircraft (Amendment) Bill. This agency is responsible for investigating aviation accidents and incidents. It also maintains all aviation-related regulations. The agency is headquartered in New Delhi.