|Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 10:00 Hrs [IST]|
Bengaluru International Airport will charge UDF for domestic passengers
Implementation date and amount to be decided
Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) will charge a User Development Fee (UDF) for domestic passengers but the amount and the date of implementation is yet to be decided. The decision is still being reviewed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and the operator is awaiting the decision. “Although it is a new concept for Indian domestic passengers the concept was agreed upon while signing the concession agreement. We realise that the aviation industry is witnessing a slow down and the carriers are facing constraints but the airport too requires the UDF for its functioning and future growth,” informed Albert Brunner, CEO, Bangalore International Airport Limited.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had earlier issued a notice to all domestic airlines asking them to collect the fee while issuing their tickets. The GMR Hyderabad International Airport in Hyderabad is already charging UDF of Rs 375 for domestic passengers as part of the ticket cost. The passenger is allowed to pay the fee either before checking in or after collecting the boarding card.
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