Back In The Sky! Govt Caps Air Fares, Issues Safety Tips In Times Of Covid

May 23, 2020

The maximum fare between Delhi and Mumbai for one way is 10,000. The civil aviation ministry announced on Thursday that a third of domestic airline services will resume on May 25 with a tight set of standard operating procedures (SoPs) for passengers and tariff regulations for the carriers.

Back In The Sky! Govt Caps Air Fares, Issues Safety Tips In Times Of Covid

To prevent passengers from being overcharged, the fare regulation is in effect from now until August 24. "We chose our prices based on the length of the flight. Hardeep Singh Puri, the minister of civil aviation, said, "We have separated prices into seven flight durations.

Therefore, the minimum and maximum ticket prices for a flight between Delhi and Mumbai are 3,500 and 10,000 respectively. In accordance with the recommendations for fare regulation released on Thursday, airlines must sell 40% of all available seats for a tariff, which will be the average of the lowest and maximum slabs, or 6,750 in the case of Delhi-Mumbai. Airlines may, however, choose to sell the remaining 60% for less if they so choose.

The fare cap won't help the airlines recover costs or whatever they lost during the lockdown, according to Aditya Ghosh, the former president of IndiGo, who also told CNBC TV18 that the very low fares in the range of 1,500-2,000 kinds will no longer be offered by the carriers on the basis of demand-supply. According to him, airlines used to sell extremely expensive tickets for a very tiny number of seats, but that may not be the case anymore.

Basically, restrictions on air rates have been placed in seven bands according to flight times, which range from 40 to 210 minutes. Less than 40-minute trips will fall into the first band, which will have specified lower and higher limits on air fares. The second, third, fourth, and fifth bands of the upper limit would apply to flights of 40–60, 60–90, 90–120, and 120–150 minutes, respectively. The sixth and seventh bands, respectively, would include flights that lasted 150–180 minutes and 180–210 minutes.

Back In The Sky! Govt Caps Air Fares, Issues Safety Tips In Times Of Covid

The ministry also issued a set of comprehensive guidelines advising those at risk—including the elderly, expectant mothers, and travelers with health conditions—to postpone flying until the coronavirus pandemic has passed. There will be no travel restrictions for residents of containment zones. Every traveler will be required to provide their medical information using the Aarogya Setu app or a self-declaration form. As physical check-in counters at airports won't be functional, they will have to use the online. No meals were served on board, temperature checks were required of all passengers, and only one luggage per passenger was allowed for check-in. Those who tested positive for Covid-19 will also not be permitted to travel. All travelers will be required to wear masks both when entering airports and moving forward. Passengers will be required to adhere fully to the social distancing regulations and arrive at airports two hours prior to planned aircraft departure times. The recommendations state that airports must make hand sanitizers easily accessible at all entry points and at different contact points. All food and beverage (F&B) establishments were also given permission by the government to resume operations under the condition that they adhere to Covid-19 safety measures.

"All parties involved, including airlines and airports, have collaborated. Therefore, we decided to start flying again on May 25," Puri added.