Flight tickets are going to become more expensive, as the government has lifted the price restriction on domestic flights by 9 to 12% for the second time in less than two months. The Civil Aviation Ministry upped the lower limit for flights less than 40 minutes in duration from 2,600 to 2,900, an increase of 11.53 percent, in an order issued on Thursday.
The top limit for flights under 40 minutes was also raised to 8,800 yen, up 12.82 percent.
Flights lasting 40-60 minutes will now have a lower limit of 3,700 dollars, up from 3,300 dollars, and a top maximum of 11,000 dollars, up 12.24 percent from Friday.
Flights lasting 60-90 minutes will have a lower limit of $4,500, a 12.5 percent increase. The highest limit for these flights has been raised to 13,200 yen, up 12.82 percent.Journeys of 90-120, 120-150, 150-180, and 180-210 minutes have all been subjected to similar treks.
Actual ticket prices, on the other hand, are likely to exceed the caps because they do not include the passenger security fee, airport user development fee, or the Goods and Services Tax.
This is the fourth time this year that airfare caps have been raised. Ticket prices have previously been revised in February, May, and June. The government imposed the limitations in May of last year, after domestic flights resumed following the two-month COVID-19 lockdown across the country.
The reduced caps were enforced, according to the government, to aid airlines that have been struggling financially since the coronavirus outbreak. The upper limitations were implemented to ensure that passengers are not overcharged when demand for seats is great, according to the statement.
The latest adjustments were made in light of the “current condition of COVID-19” in the country, according to the government’s decree issued on Thursday.