Relief for Delhi fliers as court stays airport fee

June 2nd, 2011 - 12:16 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) In a relief to people flying out of the capital, the Delhi High Court Wednesday stayed the collection of airport development fees (ADF) at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport, saying that the final decision in the matter will be taken by the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA).

The order came after the court heard two petitions filed by Resources for Aviation Redressal Association and Consumer Online Foundation, which challenged ADF collected from passengers without providing them any extra facilities at the IGI.

“All airlines have been advised not to collect ADF of Rs.200 per departing domestic passenger and Rs.1,300 per departing international passenger at IGI airport, New Delhi, until further communication,” said the order given by a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna.

Meanwhile, the court dismissed the petitions, stating that the AERA was the apt body to look into the matter. The court further directed the petitioners to approach the aviation tribunal within a week to file their appeal, along with an application for stay.

The bench further directed AERA to dispose of such matters within two weeks.

The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), which operates the IGI airport, is a joint venture consortium led by GMR Group, which has a majority holding of 54 percent, followed by state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) with 26 percent and Fraport AG and Eraman Malaysia with 10 percent each.

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