Delhi, Mumbai airport fee to be dropped

Last Updated: Wed, Oct 17, 2012 03:21 hrs

New Delhi: The controversial airport fee at New Delhi and Mumbai airports will be quashed from January 2013, the Indian government said on Tuesday, bringing relief to air travelers.

Domestic fliers pay Rs 200 at Delhi, and Rs 100 at Mumbai while international passengers are charged Rs 1300 in Delhi and Rs 600 in Mumbai.

In a media release, the Civil Aviation Ministry said that minister Ajit Singh has directed Airports Authority of India (AAI) to infuse more equity in Mumbai International Airport Ltd. (MIAL) and Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL) to abolish the fee.

However the move will have to be approved by the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) before being implemented, GMR, which leads the consortium that runs the Delhi airport, said.

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