From now on passengers will have to pay more money for air travel. Because the Ministry of Civil Aviation has raised the lower and upper limits of domestic air fares by 10 to 30%.

“These new limits will remain in force till March 31, 2021 or until further orders”

, the ministry said in its order.

The ministry imposed limits on airfare last year through a seven band classification based on flight duration.

Less than 40 minutes 2000-6000  2200-7800
40-60 minutes 2500-7500 2800-9800
60-90 minutes 3000-9000 3300-11700
90-120 minutes 3500-10000 3900-13000
120-150 minutes 4500-13000 5000-16900
150-180 minutes 5500-15700 6100-20400
180-210 minutes 6500-18600 7200-24200

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation said on 21 May, 2020 that each airline would sell at least 40% of its tickets on flights at prices lower than the midpoint between the lower limit and the upper limit.

Domestic passenger services resumed on May 25, 2020 after a suspension of nearly two months to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

With the airfare limit, the government had asked airlines not to operate on more than 33% of their pre-covid domestic flights. On 26 June, the cap was raised to 45%. It was gradually increased to 80%. The ministry, on Thursday, said that the 80% limit would remain the same up till the end of March.

The aviation sector has been affected largely by imposition of travel restrictions in India and other countries in the light of the coronavirus pandemic.

All Indian carriers over the past year took strict measures such as pay cuts, leave without pay, and staff firing to save cash.

Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the international air traffic continues in India from March 23, 2020. And the special international flights have been taking off since July 2020 under an air bubble arrangement formed with various countries.