On Thursday, Union Ministry of Civil Aviation has decided to increase the aviation security fee for domestic and as well as for the International passengers from September.
The ASF (Aviation Security Fee) is collected from passengers at the time of booking which is then submitted to the Government. This fee is used for funding of the security services in airports across the country.
It is agreed that the ASF fee for domestic passengers will be increased to INR 160 from INR 150 and for International Passengers the increment would be 5.20 USD instead of 4.85 USD. The Government has increased the aviation security fee for the second year in a row. Last year it was increased from INR 130 to INR 150 for domestic passengers and for international passengers it was increased from 3.25 used to 4.85 USD from July 2019.
The aviation sector is among the worse hit due to the ongoing pandemic. Two months of complete lockdown posed huge financial drainage of the sector. While Domestic flight resumes from May 25th with 50% cabin occupancy, international flights are still suspended. Only special flights under Vande Bharat Mission are plying to bring back the countrymen strangled abroad.
The repatriation flights are plying in certain air bubble with the USA, the UK, France, Germany, the UAE, Qatar and Maldives. last week Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri informed that India is establishing more bilateral air bubble arrangements with 13 countries.