Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Mumbai International Airport hikes landing charges

Commuters can expect their flight ticket prices to go up soon, especially on shorter routes. This is because the Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL) is increasing its landing charges for flights arriving in the city. This increase of around 40 per cent would be made applicable with an additional 5 per cent increment every year, with experts saying that passengers on shorter routes would be most affected.

An airline is charged for every landing depending on the type of aircraft it has for that particular sector (eg. an airbus is charged less for landing than a Boeing). Apart from the smallest aircraft (ATRs), landing charges are applicable for all other aircraft. According to senior airport officials, landing charges have been increased from approximately Rs 25,200 to Rs 61,419.

Media reports in May stated that the user development fee (UDF) rates for Mumbai would remain fixed at Rs 548 and Rs 274 for outbound international and domestic passengers. Incoming passengers do not pay UDF at Mumbai. “Since UDF cannot be increased, this is a smart move on the part of the airport operator,” said a senior official.

According to an Airport Economy Regulatory Authority of India (AERA) order dated September 23, no aeronautical charges were to be increased till October 31.
07/12/16 Neha L.M.Tripathi/The Asian Age
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