Now, airlines charge you for congestion

Kingfisher Airlines will charge a ‘congestion surcharge’ of Rs 150 per ticket on all its flights from December 1. The levy is to offset the cost of fuel burn during delays – ranging between 20 and 45 minutes – which are being experienced because of congestion at the airports. The payout would be in addition to the fuel surcharge of Rs 750.

Kingfisher chairman Vijay Mallya told ET the delays are no longer limited to Mumbai and Delhi airports, but are being experienced almost across the system.

“Kingfisher is in the business to make money and hence, we have decided to introduce this surcharge,” Mr Mallya said.
In airports like Bangalore, there are take-off delays for a variety of reasons. The time between the engine start-up and take-off can go up to 20 minutes. Mr Mallya said bunching up of flights during peak hours is adding to the problem.

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