Monday, December 07, 2020

Flying out of Delhi to cost more, you may have to pay up to Rs 300 extra

New Delhi: Flying out of Delhi could soon cost you more as the Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) is planning to impose a new charge on passengers to survive the Covid-induced downturn in travel. According to a report in the Times of India, DIAL has sought permission from the regulator to charge Rs 200 and Rs 300 from each domestic and international outbound passenger, respectively. DIAL has sought permission from Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) to impose this charge till March 2024. 

Separately, DIAL had last week petitioned the aviation ministry to “direct” AERA to factor in the Covid impact on its revenue while determining the airport’s tariffs, failing which it had warned of a “serious cashflow deficit situation”, which would make it “difficult to continue airport operations”, the publication mentioned.

Worth mentioning here is that the AERA is already considering a similar proposal from Mumbai Airport, which seeks to charge Rs 200 and Rs 500 from every departing domestic and international passenger, respectively as ad hoc user development fee (UDF).

The state-run Airports Authority of India and PPP airports of Hyderabad and Kochi have said they are not seeking any interim charge as of now to mitigate Covid’s devastating impact on aviation.

The DIAL management wrote to the Union civil aviation ministry last Tuesday, saying it anticipates a shortfall or loss of Rs 3,538 crore from April 2020 to March 2024. It informed the government of suffering a cash loss of Rs 419 crore in April-September 2020 (H1) and projected a loss of Rs 939 crore in the Covid-ravaged FY 2020-21, the daily mentioned. The airport, which saw 7 crore passengers in FY 2019-20 and expects less than 2 crore this fiscal, has projected that losses like these will continue till FY 2024.


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