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Thursday, 21 May, 2020, 16 : 35 PM [IST]

MoCA to cap airfares, Mumbai-Delhi flight fare likely to be under INR 10,000

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has decided to cap airline fares to avoid a massive jump in airfares as services will resume after a ban of two months, sources told CNBC-TV18.

In its order dated May 21, the Civil Aviation Ministry said, "Airlines should adhere to the lower and upper limits of fares prescribed by the Ministry during the period of COVID- 19 pandemic."

Travel time and the route will be factored in while deciding on fares, sources told the channel. The Ministry will set a band of airfare amount for a route, sources told CNBC-TV18, adding that Delhi-Mumbai fares may be capped between INR 3,500 to INR 10,000.

However, no decision has been taken on the duration for which the capped fares will be applicable.

Air services will resume from May 25. The Civil Aviation Ministry has also released a list of detailed guidelines for passengers.

In addition to face masks and gloves, the Ministry has made registration on Aarogya Setu app mandatory for air travel.

Moreover, only those with web check-in will be allowed to enter the airport. There will be no meals onboard and cabin crew will need to be in full protective gear.

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