Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Defer aviation security fee hike levied on flyers, IATA requests India

New Delhi: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has requested India to defer the proposed hike in aviation security fee (ASF) rates, that is levied on embarking passengers, from Thursday (April 1).

It has pointed out that after three hikes in quick succession, ASF rate per domestic passenger will 54% from Rs 130 before July 2019 to Rs 200 (from April 1). And, ASF per international outbound passenger will rise 370% from $3.25 before July 2019 to $12 (from April 1).

“…the latest round of ASF rate increases are being implemented without the necessary consultation, or any rate increase justifications provided to users. Even the previous round of ASF rate increase (effective September 2020) was implemented when the aviation industry and passenger demand was reeling from the Covid-19 pandemic… Taking into account GST, the ASF rate for domestic and international passengers (from April 1) are in fact Rs 236 and $14.16 respectively,” Conrad Clifford, IATA regional VP (Asia Pacific), has written in a letter to Union aviation minister H S Puri and aviation secretary P S Kharola on Tuesday.

IATA represents just less than 300 airlines comprising 82% of global air traffic.

31/03/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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