IndiGo has implemented a fuel surcharge, which will result in an increase in flight ticket prices by up to Rs 1,000.
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IndiGo has implemented a fuel surcharge, which will result in an increase in flight ticket prices by up to Rs 1,000.

IndiGo Fuel Charge: The cost of air fuel (ATF) is now affecting people’s pockets. IndiGo has imposed fuel charge on flight tickets during the festive season.

New Delhi. Airfare in the country is currently sky high. Now the country’s leading airline company Indigo has announced to add fuel surcharge to the fares of domestic and international flights. Indigo says that the company has had to take this step due to the increase in the prices of jet fuel. With the implementation of fuel charges, Indigo tickets will become costlier by Rs 300 to Rs 1,000. Earlier in the year 2018 also, Indigo had imposed fuel surcharge, which was gradually removed when fuel prices came down.

Indigo has said that the fuel charge imposed to compensate for the rising ATF prices on domestic and international routes has become effective from today i.e. 6 October 2023. It is noteworthy that the prices of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) in the country have been continuously increasing in the last three months.
ATF forms a major part of an airline’s operating expenses. When this cost increases, airlines impose fuel charges.

Fuel charge will be Rs 300 to 1000

Indigo has said that fuel charges will depend on the distance in the respective areas. Under the change in price structure, passengers booking IndiGo flights will have to pay fuel charge per sector based on the distance of the sector. There will be a fuel charge of Rs 300 for a distance of up to 500 kilometers. For distance between 501-1000 kilometres, Rs 400 will be charged extra.

How much will be the fuel charge on which route?

  • Those booking tickets for distance between 1001 to 1500 kilometers will have to pay Rs 550 as fuel charge.
  • To travel 1501-2500 kilometers, you will have to pay Rs 650 extra.
  • For a journey between 2501 to 3500 kilometres, the passenger will have to pay Rs 800
  • and for a distance more than 3501 kilometres, the passenger will have to pay Rs 1000 as fuel charge.

This week, there has been an increase in Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) rates. According to a notification issued by public sector petroleum companies on October 1, the price of ATF has risen by Rs 5,779.84 per kiloliter, which amounts to a 5.1 percent increase from Rs 1,12,419.33 to Rs 1,18,199.17. Notably, this marks the fourth consecutive price increase in aviation fuel.

The previous significant increase occurred on September 1, with a 14.1 percent hike, causing ATF prices to surge by Rs 13,911.07 per kiloliter. Before that, on August 1, there was an 8.5 percent increase, equivalent to Rs 7,728.38 per kiloliter. It’s worth mentioning that ATF constitutes 40 percent of an airline’s operating cost.

This series of price hikes began on July 1 when ATF prices went up by 1.65 percent, or Rs 1,476.79 per kiloliter. In total, jet fuel prices have risen by a substantial Rs 29,391.08 per kiloliter across these four increases.

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