After a brief lull, state-owned oil firms on Sunday hiked jet fuel
, or ATF, prices by a steep 2.7 per cent, in line with firming rates in international markets.
The Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) price in Delhi has been hiked by Rs 1,520 per kilolitre (kl), or 2.69 per cent, to Rs 57,844 per kl with effect from midnight tonight, an official of Indian Oil Corp, the nation's largest fuel retailer, said.
Prices of jet fuel, which accounts for 40 per cent of an airlines' operating cost, had softened this month. ATF rates were on July 1 cut by over 2.75 per cent and only marginally raised by Rs 78 per kl from July 16.
ATF in Mumbai, home to the nation's busiest airport, will cost Rs 1,597 per kl more at Rs 58,628 per kl from Monday, as against the current price of Rs 57,031.66 per kl.
No comment could be immediately obtained from airlines on the impact of the price reduction on passenger fares
ATF prices vary from airport to airport, depending on the local sales tax or VAT.
IOC and its sister public sector retailers, Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL) and Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL), revise jet fuel prices on the 1st and 16th of every month, based on the average international price in the preceding fortnight.