Jet Fuel Prices Hiked by a Steep 16%, Touch All-Time High
The prices are revised on the 1st and 16th of every month based on the average of benchmark international rates.
The price of aviation turbine fuel (ATF) – the fuel that helps aeroplanes fly – has been increased by Rs 19,757.13 per kilolitre, or 16.26 percent, to Rs 1,41,232.87 per kl (Rs 141.2 per litre) in the national capital, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers.
The hike, which comes on the back of a marginal 1.3 percent (Rs 1,563.97 per kl) cut in rate earlier this month, takes jet fuel prices to record high across the country.
ATF prices are revised on the 1st and 16th of every month based on the average of benchmark international rates.
The increase in jet fuel price will raise the operating cost for airlines. ATF makes up to 40 percent of an airline's operating cost.
The 1 June reduction had come after 10 rounds of price increases this year.
Rates differ from state to state, depending on the incidence of local taxation.
Meanwhile, petrol and diesel prices remained unchanged at Rs 96.72 per litre and Rs 89.62 a litre, respectively. An excise duty cut by the government had helped reduce petrol by Rs 8.69 a litre and diesel by Rs 7.05 per litre on 22 May, but for that, the base price has remained unchanged since 6 April. Before that, prices had risen by a record Rs 10 per litre each.
The retail prices of petrol, diesel and domestic cooking gas are way below the cost.
Petrol and diesel rates are revised daily, based on equivalent rates in the international market.
What is Causing This?
Fuel rates have been on the rise in India because energy prices globally have risen on the back of supply concerns following, Russia's invasion of Ukraine and demand returning after being hit by the pandemic. India is 85 percent dependent on imports to meet its oil needs.
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