New Delhi: Air tickets have become costlier with the airlines increasing the fuel surcharge by Rs 100 to Rs 150 following a steep hike in aviation fuel prices by the oil companies this month.
The airlines have issued a circular to their travel agents informing them about Rs 100 hike in the fuel surcharge till 1,000 km and Rs 150 for flights going beyond that distance, a travel agent said.
Oil marketing companies have hiked the jet fuel or ATF price by over 3.2 per cent on August 16, the third straight increase since July.
This has added to the cost burden of cash-strapped airlines.
Passengers will now have to pay Rs 1,600 instead of Rs 1,500 as surcharge till 1,000 km and for the distance more than 1,000 flyers will have to shell out Rs 2,550 instead of Rs 2,400.
Tour operators said though the hike is small but it will have a negative effect on the passengers as airfares are already at an all-time high.
It will add to the fares. For passengers, the cost of travel will rise, they added.
First Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 21:37