NEW DELHI, Feb. 19 -- The government on Thursday, 11 February, raised fare caps for airlines by as much as 30% to offset rising fuel prices but extended the curbs on setting fares till 31 March amid tepid travel demand because of the pandemic.

Passenger fares will now rise between 10% and 30% effective 11 February, depending on the duration of the flight, the civil aviation ministry said in an order.

For short-haul flights with a duration of less than 40 minutes, the minimum fares have been raised to '2,200 from '2,000. The maximum fare that an airline can charge in these routes has been increased to '7,800 from '6,000, the ministry said.

There are six other bands with separate minimum or maximum fares.

While raising fare caps will prov...