The announcement to reduce ticket prices for passengers without check-in luggage comes after a price cap was put on domestic flight operators to keep the ticket prices in check.
The DGCA has issued a new circular stating that passengers with no check-in luggage can buy tickets at lower prices. The announcement comes a few weeks after the Government increased the fare band for all flights across India.
The government recently increased the minimum and maximum price band on domestic flight prices. A hiked of the minimum price band by 10% and maximum price band by 30% has been implemented. The price capping was put on domestic flight operators to keep the ticket prices in check due to the limited number of flights. The price capping was put in place on May 25 when domestic flights were restarted in a calibrated manner.
On May 21 last year, the aviation regulator DGCA issued the government-decided fare limits for these bands — domestic flights with less than 40-minute duration to have lower and upper limits of Rs 2,000 and Rs 6,000, for 40-60 minutes Rs 2,500 and Rs 7,500, for 60-90 minutes Rs 3,000 and Rs 9,000, for 90-120 minutes Rs 3,500 and Rs 10,000, for 120-150 minutes Rs 4,500 and Rs 13,000, for 150-180 minutes Rs 5,500 and Rs 15,700 and for 180-210 minutes Rs 6,500 and Rs 18,600.
The upper price band on 180-210 minute flight which is now capped at Rs 18,600 will be increased by 30% to Rs 24,200, an increase of Rs 5,600. On the smallest route, for the minimum price band, the price will be increased by 10%, which means an increase of Rs 200.