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Air travel to become expensive

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New Delhi: Fliers will have to shell out more with the government proposing a hike of 6 per cent in excise duty on jet fuel but it would not be applicable to the proposed Scheduled Commuter Airlines (SCAs) under the regional connectivity scheme.

The excise duty on ATF is to be hiked to 14 per cent from 8 per cent, according to a proposal in Union Budget 2016-17.

The increase would be virtually applicable to airlines operating from all airports since the proposal for SCAs and the regional connectivity scheme are yet to be implemented.

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