Saturday, May 27, 2017

Flying to cost more from Thiruvananthapuram airport

Thiruvananthapuram: Flying from Thiruvananthapuram will cost more from June with the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) set to give its nod for a proposal of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for a steep hike in aeronautical tariff at the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport to enable the latter to recover its investments.

A User Development Fee (UDF) of ?450 each embarking passenger in the domestic sector has been proposed for the first time from June 1, 2017 to March 21, 2018. Those flying in international sector will have to pay?950 as UDF instead of the present ? 575.

The Passenger Service Fee (PSF)-Security proposed is ?130 each embarking passenger or $3.25 each international and domestic

passenger. In addition to the UDF, a Throughput charges of ?39.80, PSF Facilitation of ?77 and $1.93 from each domestic and international passenger is now being collected. But, the Authority has proposed to merge the UDF and PSF Facilitation charges and only UDF charges will be applicable to all passengers.

An increase of 4% per annum every subsequent year from 2018-19 financial year onwards in UDF each departing passenger has been proposed. The operating airlines will also have to pay more from next month for using the premier airport as a hike has been proposed in landing, parking, handling of aircraft and throughput charges, which are likely to be passed on to passengers.

For Throughput charges, the proposed rate is ?146.80 per kl. In the case of landing charges (international) the fee proposed is ? 300 a Metric Tonne (MT) up to 25 MT to ?82,250 an MT for above 200 MT and ?520 for every excess MT. In the case of domestic flights, it is ?60 an MT up to 25 MT to ?66,00 above 200 MT and ?440 for every excess MT.

Incentives have been proposed for domestic flight with 1% incentive for 75 landing a week, 2% for 125 landings, 3% for 175 landings, 4% for 225 landings and 5% for 225 landings per week.

No landing charge has been proposed for aircraft with a maximum certified capacity of less than 80 seats operated by domestic scheduled operators, helicopters of all types, approved flying school and Flying Training Institute aircraft.
26/05/17 S. Anil Radhakrishnan/The Hindu