New Delhi, Oct 12 (IBNS) Taking a strong view on the proposals of Airports Authority of India (AAI) to levy Airport Development Fee (ADF) on the passengers at the Chennai and Kolkata airports, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh has directed AAI not to propose any such fee on the passengers.
Accordingly, the AAI has now submitted proposals to Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) without incorporating ADF.
The Minister's directive on ADF is in line with the stated objective of the Government to make the air travel affordable and to ensure that the passengers are not subjected to any extra burden.
The AAI had submitted proposals to AERA earlier for levy of Development Fee of Rs. 300 per embarking domestic passenger and Rs. 1000 per embarking international passenger at Chennai and Kolkata airports.
The proposals were returned to AAI by AERA with the direction to undertake the user consultations and make fresh proposals indicating agreements/ views of the users.
Singh has directed AAI not to send any fresh proposals to AERA for levying Development Fee on passengers traveling from both these airports.
The AERA will now determine only User Development Fee (UDF) and other tariffs like landing and parking charges etc. and no ADF will be charged from the passengers flying from Kolkata and Chennai airports even after the modernization of the airport is completed.
The modernization and expansion of Kolkata and Chennai airports is taking place with the expenditure of Rs. 2325 Crore and Rs. 2015 Crore respectively.
Presently Rs. 200 per domestic passenger and Rs. 1300 per international passenger are being charged as ADF at Delhi airport and Rs. 100 per domestic passenger and Rs. 600 per international passenger are being charged as ADF at Mumbai airport.