Flying out of Mumbai airport is set to get more expensive from February 1, as the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) has allowed Mumbai airport company to levy a user development fee (UDF) on every departing passenger.
Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL), the operator of the airport, has been allowed to levy a UDF of Rs 692 on every departing international passenger and Rs 346 on every departing domestic passenger. MIAL is a consortium led by the GVK Group, which took over the upgrade and operations of Mumbai airport from May 3, 2006, for a period of 30 years.
“The Authority hereby determines the aeronautical tariffs to be levied at CSI Airport, Mumbai for the fourth tariff year (2012-13) of the first five year control period (2009-10 to 2013-14), with effect from February 1, 2013. The rates for the fifth tariff year (2013-14) of the first control period would be effective from April 1, 2013,” AERA said in its order.
The first regulatory period for levying of UDF began from fiscal year 2009-10 and is up till 2013-14.
However, passengers would get some respite in the last year of the regulatory period and the fee will come down to Rs 548 (for international) and Rs 274 (for domestic) from April 1.