Domestic airfare goes up as NOC jacks up fuel prices to record level

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Kathmandu: Domestic carriers have increased airfare after the Nepal Oil Corporation hiked the price of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF).

Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN), the umbrella organization of air service providers, issued a press release on Monday stating that the airfare has been increased up to Rs 840 for a one-way flight. The new fare will come into effect from Wednesday.

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Now, the passengers should pay Rs 840 more on the longest route while those to fly on the shortest route should pay Rs 170 more than the usual fare. The longest air route in the country is from Kathmandu to Dhangadhi while Kathmandu to Simara is the shortest one.

Nepal Oil Corporation had increased the price of ATF by Rs 19 per liter. The increase in airfare is in line with the NOC’s decision on the price hike, said AOAN in a statement.