The phased resuming of air travel comes as India’s cases of highly contagious COVID-19 topped 1.12 lakh cases, as per the latest data.
New Delhi| The Ministry of Civil Aviation has requested all air carriers to comply with the lower and upper limits of fares recommended by it amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
At a recently held press conference, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said fare structure has been determined such that both airlines and flyers benefit from the ticket price.
The pricing has been decided basis the flight period, which is divided into 7 sections:
1. less than 40 min
3. 60-90 min
4. 90-120 min
6. 150-180 min
On the most active route like Delhi-Mumbai sector, pricing will be capped from Rs 3,500 to Rs 10,000. This fares will be applicable from May 25 to August 24. To check that airlines are not selling tickets at a higher price, 40% of the tickets will be sold below the mean average of Rs 3,500- Rs 10,000 price capping.
From Monday, airlines will be permitted to reopen about a third of their services, within rules that include no meals onboard, temperature checks for all passengers and full protective gear for the crew, the Centre said.
The total cases in India surged to 1,12,359 including over 42,000 cured/discharged or migrated and 3,435 deaths amid lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.
In the past 24 hours, 132 casualties were recorded. 5,611 new cases of COVID-19 were registered in the last 24 hours, highest so far.
Currently, there are 63,624 active COVID-19 patients in the country.
India is the 11th most-affected nation in terms of the total number of confirmed cases, overtaking China.