Monday, June 19, 2017

Domestic flyers to pay more from July

Thiruvananthapuram: The chances of a waiver in the User Development Fee (UDF), to be hiked from July 1 in the premier airport of the State here, appear to have disappeared wih the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) asking the Airports Authority of India to collect the new aeronautical tariffs from the notified date.

With this, embarking passengers in the domestic sector will also have to pay UDF of ₹450 or US $11.28 from July 1 as per the AERA’s new aeronautical tariffs of Thiuvananthapuram international airport for the second control period from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2021.

Those flying in the international sector will have to pay ₹950 or US $23.81 as UDF instead of the present ₹575. The June 2 order was issued by the AERA on the basis of a proposal submitted by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to enable the latter recover its investments.

The order is after seeking the opinion of the stakeholders on the AERA consultation paper. A top AAI official told The Hindu on Sunday that all procedures, including the holding of public hearing were held in New Delhi by the AERA before the orders were issued, and that the flyers would have to pay the revised UDF.
19/06/17 S. Anil Radhakrishnan/The Hindu