Friday, September 11, 2015

Good news for Delhi airport passengers as fare regulator seeks steep cut

New Delhi: Good news for passengers flying out of the Delhi airport, as the air fare regulator is looking to steeply reduce airport charges.

The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (Aera) will soon move the high court here to seek permission for a further cut in aeronautical charges to be charged by Delhi International Airport (DIAL) till 2018-2019, senior government sources said.

However, the task might not be easy for the regulator, as DIAL has already challenged the increase in previous years in various courts. Also, Aera will have to take the permission of the high court in order to pass an order related to airport rates for 2014-19.

In January this year, Aera, a statutory body which sets the tariff for major airports across the country, had proposed a reduction in aeronautical charges for Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport by 78 per cent for 2014-19. This was against DIAL's demand for a rise in the airport costs by 42.6 per cent.
11/09/15 Somesh Jha/Business Standard
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