Airfares UAE to India Take a Dip Below Dh400 as IndiGo Removes Fuel Charges

In a surprising turn of events, low-cost Indian airline IndiGo has recently decided to eliminate its fuel charges, leading to a substantial drop in airfare prices, as reported by travel agents in the UAE.

Praveen Chowdhary from Saffron Travel and Tourism highlighted the significant impact of IndiGo’s decision on ticket prices, especially in key segments like Delhi, Mumbai, and parts of Kerala, where fares have now fallen below Dh400. “Ticket prices in other segments have also experienced a decrease following this strategic move by IndiGo,” remarked Chowdhary.

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The airline’s decision to remove the fuel charge was announced last Thursday, coinciding with a reduction in Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) prices. IndiGo expressed its commitment to adjust fares dynamically, considering the fluctuating nature of ATF prices and responding to market conditions.

“As ATF prices are dynamic, we will continue to adjust our fares and components to respond to any change in prices or market conditions,” stated the airline in a press release.

Afi Ahmed from Smart Travels echoed similar sentiments, noting a substantial drop of up to 4% in ticket prices attributed to the cancellation of fuel charges. Ahmed added, “Coupled with a lean travel period, the ticket charges to India are currently some of the most competitive prices we have seen recently.”

IndiGo’s Fuel Charge History

IndiGo introduced the fuel charge on all its domestic and international flights in October 2023, following a consecutive surge in ATF prices over several months. After witnessing four months of escalating ATF prices, the airline imposed a fuel charge ranging from approximately Dh15 to Dh50 on every ticket.

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However, the scenario took a positive turn starting in November, with ATF prices experiencing a consecutive three-month decline. This reduction brought relief to both airlines and passengers alike.

Praveen Chowdhary predicts a ripple effect in the industry, anticipating that other budget airlines will likely follow IndiGo’s lead. “I am pretty sure there is at least one other airline which is likely to do the same thing as IndiGo,” he stated. “So, I think there will be more price drops shortly.”


IndiGo’s bold move to remove fuel charges has sparked a positive trend in airfare pricing, making travel to India more affordable for passengers. With the dynamic nature of ATF prices and IndiGo’s commitment to adjust fares accordingly, the industry will likely witness further adjustments, creating a more competitive landscape for air travel. As the industry adapts to changing market conditions, travelers can anticipate more favorable pricing strategies from other budget airlines shortly.


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