New Year set back; Kingfisher, Jet to hike price

New Delhi, Jan 1: Flying within India will become costlier from the New Year with two major airlines, Kingfisher and Jet Airways, hiking fuel surcharge by up to Rs 200 per ticket with immediate effect.

As global crude prices touched $90 a barrel, state-owned oil firms hiked jet fuel prices from midnight tonight by almost 2 percent, the sixth straight increase in rates since Oct 2010.

The two airlines on Jan 1 increased their fuel surcharge by Rs 100 for travel up to 750 km and Rs 200 for flights covering a distance of over 750 km.

Kingfisher spokesperson informed that the increase in fuel surcharge was necessitated due to the recent hikes in the jet fuel prices.

In order to reflect the recent multiple increases in aviation turbine fuel, the spokesperson said Kingfisher has raised the fuel surcharge on domestic flights from Jan 1.

Though Jet Airways officials did not confirm the hike, the necessary changes were made on their website.

There was no comment from national carrier Air India on the issue.

The rise in airfares through a hike in fuel surcharge came in the backdrop of over 25 percent increase in Oct-Nov, which saw the civil aviation ministry stepping in and aviation regulator DGCA asking airlines to lower the ticket prices and ensure transparency.

ATF rates in Delhi have been hiked by Rs 935 per kiloliter, or 1.99 percent, to Rs 47,816 per kiloliter from midnight of Jan 1. The latest hike comes on the back of a massive 3.6 percent hike on Dec 15, 2010.


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