Airline stocks hit 52-week low, fall up to 5% on hike in import duty of jet fuel

New Delhi: Aviation stocks tumbled up to 5 percent on Thursday after the government raised import duty on jet fuel.

Shares of Jet Airways tumbled 4.82 percent, SpiceJet 1.95 percent and InterGlobe Aviation (IndiGo) 1.27 percent on BSE.

Representational image. Reuters.

Representational image. Reuters.

All these stocks hit their respective 52-week lows during the day.

The government on Wednesday raised import duties on 19 items, including jet fuel as it looks to check the widening current account deficit resulting from high crude oil prices and the rupee dipping to a historic low.

The government has announced an import duty of 5 percent on aviation turbine fuel (ATF). It was nil earlier.

"The 5 percent basic custom duties (BCD) hike on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) was unanticipated, and could lead to a rise in fuel bill up to 0.5 percent for carriers such as Indigo," JM Financial Institutional Securities said in a report.

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Updated Date: Sep 27, 2018 17:25:45 IST

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