Thursday, March 25, 2021

Pay more for a secure flight from April 1

From next month, air travellers will have to pay more due to a hike in the rates of aviation security fee (ASF) at Indian airports.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has decided to increase the ASF for both domestic and international travellers and the new rates will be applicable on tickets issued from April 1 onwards. “ASF for the domestic passengers will be levied at the rate of Rs 200 per embarking passenger. ASF for the international passengers will be levied at the rate of $12 US or an equivalent Indian Rupee amount per embarking passenger. The new rates of ASF will be effective on tickets issued on or after April 1,” stated a DGCA notification.

The order also exempts certain categories of passengers from paying the ASF. Children under the age of two years, holders of diplomatic passports, airline crew on duty, including sky marshals, persons travelling on official duty for United Nations Peacekeeping Missions, transit/transfer passengers, and passengers departing from any airport due to involuntary rerouting are exempted.

This is the second time in a little over six months that the ASF has seen an increase. In September, the fee for domestic and international passengers was increased to Rs 160 and US$ 5.20 respectively.

However, the last hike was minimal as the ASF for domestic flyers was increased to Rs 160 from Rs 150 and for international passengers, it was increased to $5.2 US from $ 4.85 US.

The ASF will be collected from passengers while booking their tickets. It will be used for funding the security forces who are in charge of the security at airports across the country

25/03/21 Bangalore Mirror

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