The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday said the fare cap on domestic flights will continue up to November 24, 2020, or until further orders.

Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri during a press conference said the price cap on domestic routes will be applicable beyond August 24.

The Aviation ministry implemented a cap on domestic airfare in May in view of the COVID19 pandemic.

On May 21, aviation regulator DGCA announced the fare limits as decided by the government.

Reports said the domestic flights in India have a cap on fares with both an upper and lower limit.

Union minister Puri earlier said while the upper price limit is aimed at preventing any sharp rise in fares due to pent-up demand, the lower limit will help ensure that the financial viability of airlines does not suffer amid high costs.

Flights between cities that are under 40 minutes have been classified under section one while those cities which come under 40-60 minutes are under section two.

Section three consists of destinations 60-90 minutes apart by flight, section four comprises cities 90-120 minutes apart, section five consists of cities 120-150 minutes apart.

The destinations between 150-180 minutes and 180-210 minutes have been classified under sections 6 and 7, respectively.

DGCA decided that domestic flights with less than 40-minute duration 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, say media reports.

For domestic flights of 90-120 minutes duration the fare is Rs 3,500 and Rs 10,000, for 120-150 minutes Rs 4,500 and Rs 13,000, and for 150-180 minutes Rs 5,500 and Rs 15,700..

Besides, the aviation regulator also extended domestic flight restrictions until November 24, 2020.

The government decided to enhance domestic flying to 45% in June from the initial 33% level which had been in place since domestic flying restarted on May 25.

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