Air Travel To Get Costlier From April 1 As Air Security Fee Hiked

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has decided to hike the air security fee (ASF) for both domestic and international from April 1, 2021. The rise in ASF for domestic air passengers is Rs 40, while for international air passengers it is Rs 114.38.

Usually, ASF that funds security arrangements in airports across the country is one of the components in ticket pricing. 

An order from DGCA stated that ASF 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 USD 12 or equivalent Indian Rupees embarking passenger. The new rates will be effective on tickets issued on or after April 1. 

Meanwhile, ASF is exempted for children under the age of two years, diplomatic passport holders, airline crew on duty, people traveling on official duty on aircraft operated by Indian Air Force, people on UN peacekeeping mission duty, passengers in transit, transfer, deporting an airport due to involuntary rerouting.

The last hike in ASF was in September 2020, when it was increased for domestic flyers by Rs 10 to Rs 160. For international flyers, the hike was from $4.85 to $5.20.

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