Starting from April 1, both domestic and international air travel will get costlier as the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has decided to hike the air security fee (ASF). As per updates from DGCA, the revised ASF for domestic air passengers is Rs 40, while for international air passengers it is Rs 114.38.
It must be noted that the ASF is one of the components of air tickets which is used to fund the security arrangements across the country. The Central Industrial Security Force takes care of the security at most airports across India under the ministry of civil aviation.
“Aviation Security Fee for domestic passengers will be levied at the rate of Rs 200 per embarking passenger. Aviation Security Fee for international passengers will be levied at the rate of US$ 12 or equivalent Indian Rupees embarking passenger. The new rates will be effective on tickets issued on or after April 1, 2021,” the DGCA order dated March 19 stated.
However, kids under the age of two years, diplomatic passport holders, airline crew on duty, people travelling on official duty on aircraft operated by Indian Air Force, people on UN peacekeeping mission duty, passengers in transit, transfer, deporting an airport due to involuntary rerouting are exempted from paying ASF.
In the meantime, the DGCA has suspended the international passenger flights till April 30. However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis.