Supreme Court tells govt to slash user fees and parking charges by 89%
Flying to and from Delhi Airport is set to get cheaper, as the Supreme Court has ordered the government to slash fees for flyers and parking charges for airlines.
The apex court has asked Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) to implement the tariff of the second control period (2014-2019) with immediate effect.
Under the second control period AERA has cut the User Development Fee (UDF) levied on domestic and international passengers at Delhi Airport to Rs 10 and Rs 45, respectively. Also, arriving passengers will no longer be charged any fees.
At present, Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) levies Rs 275-550 as UDF on each departing passenger and Rs 233-466 on each arriving one, on domestic flights.
International passengers departing are charged Rs 635-1,270 and arriving passengers pay Rs 518-1,048
as UDF. This includes service tax component.
AERA’s order for Delhi formally covers the 2014-19 period. However, the implementation was delayed as Delhi International Airport was locked in a legal battle with the airlines regarding this. State-owned carrier Air India challenged this in the Supreme Court, which on 3 July vacated a stay granted by the Delhi HC, allowing the revised tariffs to kick in. Read More