Saturday, May 06, 2017

Airport security bill could raise flight fares soon

Fliers may soon have to pay higher air fares as the government is mulling increasing the passenger service fee to ensure better security and facilitation charges at airports.
A high-level meeting, attended by the Union Ministers of State for Home and Civil Aviation, Kiren Rijiju and Jayant Sinha, respectively, and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, had asked the ministry of civil aviation to find out ways to recover the cost of security arrangements at airports.
The home ministry had also been told to find out what would be the total annual cost of providing security at the 143 functional airports in the country, a government functionary said.
The reports from the two ministries are expected to come within two months and a decision will be taken to increase the passenger service fee after that.
Each air passenger in India has to pay Rs 130 as security charge which is part of the Rs 225 collected as passenger service fee by airlines while selling the tickets.
06/05/17 Indian Express