User fee for city fliers

Flying out of the swanky new Calcutta airport will become costlier from mid-February following the imposition of a user development fee for domestic and international travel.

From February 16 to March 31 next year, a domestic passenger flying out of Calcutta will have to pay Rs 400 as development fee, while those flying abroad will have to shell out Rs 1,000 each.

From April 1 2014 till the end of that fiscal, the rates will be 424 (domestic) and Rs 1,060 (international).

From April 1, 2015, it will rise to Rs 449 and Rs 1,124, respectively.

Calcutta airport has so long been exempted from the user development fee. The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority has decided to levy the fee to recover a part of the cost of building the integrated terminal.

There will, however, be no airport development fee (ADF) for Calcutta and Chennai airports.

The Airports Authority of India had earlier proposed to levy a development fee of Rs 300 on each outbound domestic passenger and Rs 1,000 on each out-bound international passenger at both airports.

The regulatory authority on Friday also determined the tariff for cargo carriage out of Calcutta airport, allowing a 5 per cent increase over prevailing rates from February 16, and a further 5 per cent increase every financial year from April 2013, April 2014 and April 2015.


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