Saturday, June 08, 2019

Flyers to shell out Rs 20-115 more for security fee from July 1

New Delhi: Amid rising airfares, flying from July 1 will mean shelling out Rs 20 to 115 more for security too. The government has hiked passenger security fee (PSF) of domestic departing flyers from Rs 130 to Rs 150. For international departures, PSF will be raised from $3.25 to $4.85 -- a hike of about Rs 112 (calculating at exchange rate of Rs 70 to $1). The new rates, called aviation security fee (ASF), will be applicable from July 1.

“The above rates of ASF (Rs 70 and $4.85) will be applicable from 00.01 hours of July 1, 2019, and will replace PSF,” says an order issued by aviation ministry JS Usha Padhee.

The issue of hike in PSF had been pending for several months now as the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which provides security deployment at 61 airports, faced mounting dues from several airports -- especially the PPP metro ones. All airport operators had clearly said the PSF of Rs 130 decided years ago is inadequate to meet CISF deployment expenses. Last July, airports owed CISF about Rs 1,000 crore, with Delhi Airport having the lion’s share in this.

Modi-I government had formed a panel to review the airport operators’ demand and has now taken a decision. Growing air travel and opening of new airports and terminals will mean nearly 20,030 personnel will be required at those places, leading to CISF incurring higher expenses and certainly in no position to wait endlessly to get payment for security deployment.
08/06/19 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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