The Indian central government increased the lower fare band for domestic flights by 5 % due to the rise in the price of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF).
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said that the last few days have seen a decline in the number of air passengers largely due to restrictions and imposition of compulsory RT-PCR test by various states. He said, due to this, the Ministry has decided to retain the permissible limit to 80 percent of schedule.
In a tweet, Puri said, there has been a continuous rise in the price of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) so the Ministry has decided to increase the lower fare band by 5 percent keeping the upper fare band unchanged. He said the Ministry may open the sector for 100 per cent operations when daily passenger traffic crosses 3.5 lakhs on 3 occasions in a month.