Despite official concern at soaring airfares, flying within India is set to become costlier rather than cheaper in the New Year, with two major airlines - Kingfisher and Jet Airways - hiking fuel surcharge by up to Rs200 per ticket with immediate effect.
The move comes hard on the heels of global crude prices touching $90 dollars a barrel and state-owned oil firms hiking jet fuel prices from midnight tonight by almost 2 per cent..
This is also the sixth straight increase in rates since October.
On Friday both the privately-owned airlines increased their fuel surcharge by Rs100 for travel up to 750 km and Rs200 for flights covering a distance of over 750 km.
A Kingfisher statement said, "In order to reflect multiple recent increases in ATF (aviation turbine fuel), Kingfisher Airlines has increased the fuel surcharge by Rs100-200 on domestic flights with effect from today."
Though Jet Airways officials did not confirm the hike, the necessary changes were made on their website.