The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has decided to hike the air security fee (ASF). So, both domestic and international air travel will get costlier from April 1 as. For domestic air passengers the hike is Rs 40, while for international air passengers it is Rs 114.38.
It’s been six months since the price has increased. Previously in September last year, the ASF for domestic flyers was increased by Rs 10 (to Rs160). For international passengers, it was increased to USD 5.20 from USD 4.85.
The DGCA has stated that "Aviation Security Fee for domestic passengers will be levied at the rate of Rs 200 per boarding passenger. Aviation Security Fee for international passengers will be levied at the rate of USD 12 or equivalent Indian Rupees on boarding passenger. The new rates will be effective on tickets issued on or after April 1, 2021."
Those who are exempted from paying ASF are 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.
The increased Air Security Fee will help to finance the increased cost of securing the nation's aviation transportation system and the fees is utilized to help ensure the safe and efficient flow of people and commerce. The decision came at a time when the Indian aviation sector has been severely affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The international flights have remained closed since May last year.
The domestic sector reopened on May 25, 2020, but the flight capacity remains around 80% so far.