Tran­sit fliers in city to pay user charges?

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Tushar Sri­vas­tava tushar@hin­dus­tan­

NEW DELHI: In a move that could in­crease your air­fares, the Mum­bai In­ter­na­tional Air­port Lim­ited (MIAL) wants the avi­a­tion min­istry to amend rules that ex­empt tran­sit pas­sen­gers from pay­ing user charges and fees if their con­nect­ing flight is within 24 hours of their ar­rival.

In In­dia, a pas­sen­ger is treated in tran­sit or trans­fer if the on­ward travel jour­ney is within 24 hours from ar­rival at an air­port and is part of the same ticket.

At present, tran­sit pas­sen­gers don’t pay the charges and fees of the par­tic­u­lar air­port they are tran­sit­ing from if their con­nect­ing flight is within 24 hours of their ar­rival. MIAL, the GVK-led con­sor­tium that op­er­ates the Mum­bai air­port, has asked the min­istry to re­duce the ex­empted time to six hours.

Air­lines say a change of rules will have a di­rect im­pact on fares. “Air­port charges and fees like user devel­op­ment fee (UDF), devel­op­ment fee (DF) and pas­sen­ger ser­vice fees (PSF) are in­cluded in the ticket cost. Pas­sen­gers al­ready pay these charges at air­ports they de­part from and ar­rive at. UDF can be as high as Rs1,270 at some air­ports,” said an air­line of­fi­cial.


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