Delhi International Airport to impose extra charges of Rs 65.98 plus taxes to outbound passengers from February 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022.
Yes, from next month, flying from Delhi will get a bit costly. The Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) has charged Delhi International Airport Ltd with Rs 65.98 and excess tax for a passenger departing from February 1 to March 31.
The new charge per passenger departing from Indira Gandhi International Airport will drop to Rs 53, Rs 52.56 and 51.97 (taxes extra), respectively, in financial years 2022 (April 1, 2021-March 31, 2022), 2023 and 2024.
According to the sources, AERA hadn’t yet approved DIAL’s request for an additional levy of Rs 200 and Rs 300 from each domestic and international outbound passenger to offset the revenue losses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The airport operator had sought to levy this charge till March 2024.
“AERA has asked DIAL to approach it after March 2022 regarding this levy if its financial problems persist. The operator is examining what step it can take, such as an appeal to a tribunal given its financial deficit,” said a source.
DIAL, in anticipation of a deficit of Rs 3,538 crore between April 2020 and March 2024, appealed to the Ministry of Civil Aviation in early December to direct the AERA to increase its impact on Kovid’s revenues.
“For the third control period (until 2024), 3.538 million rupees will be required to support the vital space to ensure airport operations, service levels, security and safety … (decline) traffic scenario to DIAL’s financial position damage and posed a challenge to sustainable operations, ”DIAL CEO VK Jaipuriar wrote to aviation secretary PS Harolaga. “If the AERA does not consider our claim for incapacity, the DIAL will end up with a serious cash flow deficit and make it difficult for the airport to continue operating.”
However, AERA has accepted the IGIA operator’s traffic projection which puts it returning to the level of traffic actually seen in the financial year 2019-20 three years from now in the financial year 2022-23.
And if the Covid pandemic is brought under control, the financial year 2023-24 could see a marginal increase from the figures in the pre-pandemic days.
Cargo traffic is not impacted as severely as passenger flights due to the significant movement of freighters during the pandemic restrictions.
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