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Airport development fee in Delhi, Mumbai to be abolished

Source : REUTERS
Last Updated: Tue, Oct 16, 2012 12:45 hrs
Two men sit on top of a hill overlooking Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport as a Boeing 737 aircraft of Indian carrier Jet Airways comes in to land in Mumbai

India will abolish a controversial airport fee at the New Delhi and Mumbai airports from January 2013, the government said in a statement on Tuesday, as the country seeks to bolster air travel amid complaints of high costs by global airlines.

Civil aviation minister Ajit Singh asked the state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) to infuse additional equity at the two airports where it is an operating partner with private players GMR Infrastructure Ltd and GVK Power & Infrastructure Ltd .

Delhi and Mumbai airports had started to levy an airport development fee as AAI failed to infuse additional equity to meet development costs at the airports.

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