Surcharge cut may not benefit passengers soon

Following a reduction in the price of aviation turbine fuel (ATF), most airlines are adopting a wait-and-watch policy before taking a call on whether to pass on some quantum of the drop to passengers.

Though Delhi-based low-cost carrier SpiceJet announced a 50% reduction in fuel surcharge, legacy carriers such as Jet Airways, Indian Airlines and Air Sahara are unlikely to drop fares immediately to help cushion a part of the fog-related costs due to higher fuel burn, flight disruptions and cancellations over the next couple of months.

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