New Bangalore airport slashes user development fee

February 21st, 2008 - 11:12 pm ICT by admin  

Bangalore, Feb 21 (IANS) The Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL), the consortium of the upcoming Bengaluru International Airport, has decided to reduce user development fee (UDF), to be levied on domestic as well as international passengers, for the first two months. “We have decided to reduce UDF for the first two months (April and May) to facilitate transition from the existing airport in the city to the new international airport at Devanahalli on the outskirts of the city,” BIAL chief executive officer Albert Brunner told reporters Thursday at the new airport site, 36 km away from the city centre.

“The fee is levied to provide and maintain higher infrastructure quality and safety,” he said.

The fee will be Rs.240 plus taxes (12.36 percent) for domestic passengers and Rs.520 plus taxes for international passengers till May 31.

Thereafter, it will be Rs.675 plus taxes for domestic and Rs.955 plus taxes for international passengers, as per the concession agreement the BIAL signed with the central government in June 2004 for the greenfield airport built at a revised cost of Rs.25 billion.

“The UDF will be levied over a five-year period and charges will be fixed every year in consultation with the regulatory authority of the civil aviation ministry,” Brunner said giving an update on the project, scheduled to take off March 30.

The state-run Airport Authority of India (AAI) levies Rs.221 per passenger as UDF for maintaining the existing airport in the city.

Brunner said the consortium was waiting for the approval of the ministry and Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to levy UDF on passengers.

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