Aviation turbine fuel (ATF) price hiked by 2.75%, commercial LPG cut by Rs 102.50 per kg

After a declining trend of last month, aviation turbine fuel (ATF) or jet fuel price has been hiked by 2.75 per cent on firming international oil prices, while cooking gas LPG rate has seen the first decline since October.

Aviation turbine fuel (ATF) price has been hiked by Rs 2,039.63 per kilolitre, or 2.75 per cent, to Rs 76,062.04 per kilolitre, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers.

The increase in rates comes on back of two rounds of price cuts seen in December that reflected a drop in international oil prices during the second half of November and mid-December. Thereafter, international rates have firmed up, leading to the hike in ATF price.

ATF price had peaked to Rs 80,835.04 per kilolitre in mid-November before it was cut on December 1 and 15 by a total of Rs 6,812.25 per kilolitre or 8.4 per cent.

Jet fuel prices are revised on 1st and 16th of every month based on average price of international benchmark in the preceding fortnight.

Unlike ATF, commercial LPG rates are revised on 1st of every month after taking the average price in the preceding month. The price of a 19-kg LPG cylinder, which is used in commercial establishments like hotels and restaurants, has been accordingly cut by Rs 102.50.

This is the first reduction since October 6. Rates had gone up from Rs 1,734 per 19-kg cylinder to Rs 2101 on December 1.

However the price of LPG used in domestic kitchens remains unchanged at Rs 899.50 per 14.2-kg cylinder. This rate has not changed since October 6, prior to which it had gone up by almost Rs 100 since July 2021.

Petrol and diesel prices too have not changed for almost two months now. While the rates are to be revised on a daily basis based on a 15-day rolling average of the benchmark international fuel, prices have not changed since November 4, 2021 when the Union government had cut excise duty on the two fuels.

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