New Delhi: Air travel could become costlier with the government’s decision to fund the regional connectivity scheme by soon imposing levy up to Rs 8,500 per flight on the airlines on major routes. The price of each ticket could go up depending on the number of seats in that particular flight. The policy will be effective from December 1.
The levy would be up to Rs 8,500 per flight depending on distance, Civil Aviation Seceretary R N Choubey said on Friday. To connect all small cities of the country, the UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagaarik) scheme will be implemented soon. For UDAN, the government has created the Regional Connectivity Fund (RCF), of which 80% will be financed by the centre and rest by respective states.
Collecting for this fund the ministry will charge the levy on airlines on every departure on major air routes such as the National capital, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Kolkata.
The levy for up to 1000 km distance of scheduled flight will be Rs 7,500 per flight. Similarly, the charge on the airline for the RCF will be Rs 8,000 for a 1000 to 1500 km flight and Rs 8,500 for flights travelling beyond 1500 km, Choubey said.