With Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) revising the service charges, flying out from Delhi airport becomes an expensive affair for the passengers. According to an order issued -- dated 19th November 2018 -- the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) will levy Rs. 77 for each ticket purchased using Indian currency, and USD 1.93 per ticket issued against a foreign currency. The revision will come into effect from 1st December 2018.
The existing User Development Fee is Rs. 10 on domestic tickets and Rs. 45 on international tickets. There are also changes in the aeronautical charges. The User Development Fee will be discontinued with the introduction of new Passenger Service Fees. “The authority has allowed DIAL to charge the rates equivalent to Base Airport Charge (BAC) plus 10%, effective from 1st December 2018,” the ordered stated.
Fuel Throughput Charges Revised
Among other revisions, AERA has revised the Fuel Throughput Charges (FTC), the fee levied by an airport operator from oil companies. FTC will be Rs. 500 per kilolitre from 1st April 2019. Currently, the existing Fuel Throughput Charge is Rs. 688.17 per kilolitre.
Delhi airport handled around 63.5 million passengers in 2017-18.
Revision May Not Affect Passengers Much
According to experts, this hike may not create much impact on the passengers. "The hike in user development fee for domestic and international flights from Indira Gandhi International Airport is expected to have a minimal impact as it translates to an increase of only about 1-2 % on an average domestic fare and even less on an International fare," travel portal Yatra.com's COO (B2C) Sharat Dhall said.