Air Passengers from Delhi to pay additional fee from March 1

February 9th, 2009 - 4:22 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS) The government Monday approved additional fee of Rs.200 on all domestic passengers and Rs.1,300 per head on those bound overseas from the airport in the national capital as access development charges to its developer.

The development fee will be paid to the Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), which has the Bangalore-based infrastructure major GMR and the state-run Airports Authority of India as principal promoters.

The company has been mandated to upgrade and modernise the Indira Gandhi International Airport here.

“The development fee, which is being levied purely on an ad hoc basis, is inclusive of all applicable taxes and is for a period of 36 months only,” an official communique from the civil aviation ministry said.

The government or the designated regulator will determine the final development fee, based on final cost estimates presented by the developer, for which Aug 31 has been set as the deadline, the communique said.

The final fee will also be based on the bids received for handing over parts of the airport property on lease to hospitality industry for projects like hotels and restaurants, which is also expected to earn revenues for the developer.

Domestic passengers already pay Rs.375 to fly out of Hyderabad’s new airport, while international passengers have been paying a fee of Rs.1,000, ever since the airport started operations early last year.

The government last month had also allowed the Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) to charge user development fee of Rs.260 from domestic and Rs.1,000 from passengers bound overseas.

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