The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has decided to hike the Air Security Fee (ASF) for both international and domestic air travel.
The new charges will be implemented from April 1. The charges of ASF for domestic passengers will be Rs 40, and for international passengers Rs 114.38.
The ASF rates had been revised last in September 2020. It was increased to Rs 160 for domestic flyers and US $ 4.85 for international travelers.
&ldquoAviation Security Fee for domestic passengers will be levied at the rate of Rs 200 per embarking passenger. Aviation Security Fee for International passengers will be levied at the rate of US $ 12 or equivalent to Indian rupees embarking passenger. The new rates will be effective on tickets on tickets issued on or after April 1 2020," the DGCA order stated.
However, several groups of people are exempted from paying ASF like passengers in transit, transfer, deporting due to involuntary rerouting, people on UN peacekeeping mission duty, people travelling on official duty on aircraft operated by the Indian Air Force, airline crew on duty, diplomatic passport holders, and kids under the age of two years.