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Air travel to be more expensive from April 1. Here's why?

According to reports, airport security charges for domestic passengers have been increased by INR 40.

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As the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has decided to increase the Airport Safety Fee (ASF), air travel is to become more expensive from April 1.

According to reports, airport security charges for domestic passengers have been increased by INR 40. So now domestic passengers will have to pay INR 200 as airport security fee. Earlier, the fee was INR 160. Every passenger travelling by plane has to pay airport security charges. However, children under 2 years of age, on-duty airline staff or passengers catching a connecting flight with a single ticket get a discount.

Airport security charges are reviewed every six months. In September 2020, the fee was INR 150. The fee was increased by INR 10 to INR 160. Now the fee has gone up to INR 200.

On the other hand, earlier the Ministry of Civil Aviation had Air travel had increased the minimum and maximum cap on fares across all bands. The limits on airfares have been increased by 10-30 per cent, the ministry informed in a notification issued on February 11. This move is expected to bring some relief to the financially distressed aviation industry, one of the most affected industries because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The upper price band on 180-210 minute flights which is now capped at INR 18,600, will be increased by about 30 per cent to INR 24,200, an increase of INR 5,600. Meanwhile, on the shortest route for the minimum price band, the price will be increased by 10 per cent, an increase of INR 200.

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