With 74% cut in User Development Fee, domestic and international air tickets from Bengaluru to get cheaper

Prices of air tickets from Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), Bengaluru to get reduced as AERA recommends the UDF to be lowered to Rs 316.8 and Rs 79.2 for international and domestic flights respectively

The Hush Post: With a 74%proposed reduction in the User Development Fee (UDF), the domestic and international flights from the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru, are set to get cheaper.

The 74% cut in the UDF has been recommended by the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) of India for both domestic and international flights from the KIA in Bengaluru, a report said on Wednesday.

In a new consultation paper, the AERA recommends the UDF to be reduced to Rs. 316.8 and Rs. 79.2 for international and domestic flights respectively that may result in the reduction in air ticket rates for passengers, it was reported.

At present, the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru is among the highest charging airports in India, where international bound fliers have to pay a UDF of Rs. 1,226, and domestic fliers pay Rs. 306, the report said.

“This is a consultation paper put out by AERA. All stakeholders will now submit their views on paper, based on which AERA will issue a final tariff order,” a Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) spokesperson was quoted as saying.

The last day for all stakeholders – including BIAL, various airlines and government agencies – to respond has been fixed as June 25, 2018. If they all come to an agreement, the new UDF is set to be implemented from July 1 this year, bringing relief for many passengers, the report said.

The AERA has also recommended lowering the parking and landing charges at the KIA Bengaluru. It also recommends an increase in the UDF from April 2019 till March 2020 to Rs. 373 and Rs. 93 for international and domestic flights. A further increase of Rs. 416 and Rs. 104 for April 2020 to March 2021 is proposed, it was reported.

Before this, year in February this year, the AERA had stepped in and cancelled the proposed hike in UDF for construction of the KIA-Nagavara metro line. The AERA had ruled out the collection of a flat UDF from all passengers stating that the BIAL was not authorised to collect the UDF on services that are not yet provided, the report said.

The new KIA-Nagavara metro line is set to be ready in Phase II of the Bengaluru Metro in 2020 and connects the KIA to the city in an elevated line stretching 29.6 km, it was reported.

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