Flyers going for the RT-PCR test at the city airport on arrival would now save Rs550 each, after downward revision of its price.
The airport director Kuldeep Singh told in a report, “The RT-PCR test cost has been reduced to Rs850 (from Rs1,400) from Wednesday evening”, Confirming the development following the state government’s latest order.
Two weeks after the RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) test, 104 out of a total of 9,704 passengers who had completed the test at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) in Mumbai were commissioned for passengers from Delhi, Rajasthan, Goa and Gujarat . Tested positive for Covid-19 between November 26th and December 8th.
Passengers, however, have raised questions about the state government’s rule of allowing passengers to leave the airport without their test reports.
Frequent flyers lauded the move. Businessman Shashank Choudhary said, “We are travelling five to six times each month now for business.
The test regulation is a hassle for us, but now the charges look a little affordable.”
“This is a huge relief for middle-class people like us. Last month, four of us traveled to Pune from Delhi and we ended up paying Rs5,600 to get the test done at the airport. It is almost equal to one-way flight fare for a person from Delhi to Pune”, said a Delhi resident, Rajendra Kedia.
For almost a month now, passengers landing at Maharashtra airports from Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, and Rajasthan have had to take the RT-PCR test upon arrival if they do not have a negative RT-PCR test report with them.
CSMIA officials reiterated that all passengers conducting RT-PCR test at Mumbai airport are being given a slip as proof of having undertaken the test. “Security officials at the airport are only allowing passengers to exit when either they show their negative report or their test slips,” said an airport official.