Your Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Indigo tickets to turn expensive; bloodbath in aviation stocks
Indian Oil hikes ATF prices in metro cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Indigo passengers to feel ticket price whiplash.
There is a bloodbath in aviation stocks with all major companies like Jet Airways, Interglobe Aviation (Indigo) and SpiceJet witnessing heavy selling pressure. This was due to a hike effected in Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) prices for October month between Rs 5,000 to over Rs 5,200 in metro cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. This move is going to impact airlines especially Jet Airways which is already struggling with cash shortage, so much so, that the airline does not have enough funds for even giving salaries to engineers and pilots. As for passengers, they will also take hit from this price increase in ATF as the above mentioned airlines would pass on the burden to passengers. Simply put, flyers, your air tickets are going to turn expensive in the coming days.
The share price of Jet Airways took the most hit by tumbling nearly 10% with intraday low of Rs 163 per piece. However, at around 12:05 hours, the company was trading at Rs 168.40 per piece down by Rs 12.05 or 6.68%.
Meanwhile, SpiceJet slumped by 6% with intraday low of Rs 64.60 per piece on BSE. However, it managed to pare some losses, and was trading at Rs 64.60 per piece below 5.21%.
Even the largest carrier Indigo could not escape investors heat, as it slipped by nearly 7% with intraday low of Rs 768.25 per piece in early openings of trading session. However, it managed to recover some losses and was currently trading at Rs 807.10 per piece lower by Rs 18.45 or 2.23%.
On Sunday, Indian Oil stated that, Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) Domestic prices in pan-India have been revised upward effective 1st October 2018 on account of higher Jet Fuel prices in the international market coupled with weakening of Indian Rupee as against US Dollar (Exchange fluctuation).
For domestic airlines, per kilo litre of ATF in October 2018, was now sold at Rs 74,567 in New Delhi above Rs 5,106 compared to previous price of Rs 69,461. In Kolkata, the price was at Rs 79,736 for this month higher by Rs 5,059 as against previous price of Rs 74,677 in September 2018.
In Mumbai, it was sold at Rs 74,177 in October month up by Rs 5,016 as against Rs 69,161 in September. Whereas, in Chennai the price was at Rs 75,521 above Rs 5,205 versus Rs 70,316 in September month.
As for international airlines, the prices of ATF was increased in the range of $31 to $38.
Kolkata and Chennai saw $38 each hike in ATF and are now priced at $801 and $738 in October, compared to $763 and $700 in September month. Meanwhile, in New Delhi its was hiked by $37 and are now being sold at $755 versus $718 in September month. It was only Mumbai, which was least hike of $31 and was offering ATF at $760 compared to $729 in September month,
Earlier, government has already shocked the airlines by increasing import duty on ATF by 5% from previous 0%.
Talking about import duty hike, PhillipCapital said, “We are unlikely to see any meaningful impact from the import duty hike on ATF, given that we produce a comfortable amount domestically and considering that our imports are negligible.”
The agency added, “Increase in cost to be negligible and can be passed on to the consumers. However, it is noted that this has come at a time when the aviation industry is suffering from higher ATF prices due to soaring international crude oil prices.”
The hike in import duty could have been negligible on the back of domestic buying. However, not that even domestic ATF has been increased, the airlines will face the heat of fuel cost in their financial books, which in return will be forced to transfer the burden on consumers.