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Airfare Hike Due to Increased Fuel Surcharge

Airlines price surge

On February 2, the Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) decided to increase the fuel surcharge from February 5 in line with an increase in aviation fuel prices.

Why it matters:

  • On Thursday 1st Feb, Nepal Oil Corporation hiked aviation fuel sold to domestic carriers by Rs. 5 to Rs. 95 per liter.
  • Owing to this reason, the Domestic airlines have decided to increase the fuel surcharge.
  • This is the second time in only the last two months that airlines have increased the fuel surcharge.
  • Domestic airlines had increased fuel surcharges by Rs. 45 to Rs. 220 only last December.

The Details:

  • The airlines are allowed to fix the surcharge if fuel prices fluctuate by at least Rs. 4 per liter. However, the price of the plane tickets is controlled by the government.
  • The extra charges that will be added to the cost of a plane ticket can range from Rs. 75 to Rs. 355 depending on the distance.
  • However, the new fuel surcharge is subject to approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).

What they are saying:

  • “As the aviation fuel price was increased by Rs3 per liter on January 2 and again Rs5 per liter on February 2, based on AOAN decision, we are compelled to revise the fuel surcharge in all sectors,” Buddha Air said posting the revised surcharge on social media channels.
  • “In response to fuel price hike, we are compelled to pass on the burden of additional fuel costs on the passengers,” said Ghanshyam Acharya, spokesperson of AOAN. “However, the revised surcharge will be implemented after it is approved by the CAAN.”
Revised Airfare (in Rupees)
Route Distance Fare
Kathmandu-Dhangadhi 4195 12675
Kathmandu-Mountain 3260 11295
Kathmandu-Nepalgunj 3095 9825
Kathmandu-Bhadrapur 2850 8990
Kathmandu-Biratnagar 2280 7410
Kathmandu-Bhairahawa 1955 6220
Kathmandu-Tumlingtar 1750 5865
Kathmandu-Pokhara 1505 4855
Kathmandu-Janakpur 1220 4115
Kathmandu-Bharatpur 1015 3590
Kathmandu-Simara 855 3125

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