Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Cut user fee as international arrival hall not yet ready, Chennai airport told

Chennai: Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (Aera) which is in charge of fixing user fee and other tariff is of the view that user development fee (UDF) levied on international travellers may be reduced, as international arrival hall on the ground floor of international terminal is yet to be opened at Chennai airport.
After the new domestic and international terminals were commissioned, Aera fixed a user fee of around Rs 600 for international travellers and around Rs160 for domestic travellers to recover the Rs 2,000 crore investment that went into the making of the facility. AAI has been collecting the money from passengers since then.

The suggestion has come after Airports Authority of India filed for revision or renewal of user fee and passenger service fee charged from travellers for the next five years. Aera reviews airport tariff every five years. The charges will be reduced if there was no fresh investment at the airport and will be increased if there is investment for adding facilities at the airport. During a recent inspection, Aera officials found out that around 40% of the steel and glass terminal is not used but its construction cost is also weaved into the user fee.
20/02/18 V Ayyappan/Times of India