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BeSam ready to shell out more for airfares as govt mulls security fee hike

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You may have to shell out more for your next flight, as the government is mulling a proposal to increase security charge on air tickets. Both private airport operators and state-owned (AAI) have demanded an increase in after the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) raised an alarm over unpaid dues from airport operators.

“We are considering a marginal increase in the security component of passenger service fees, after the airport operators submitted that with an exponential growth in passenger numbers, the current charges are not enough to bear the cost of security management at airports. The charges will not increase much and a passenger may have to bear an extra of Rs 50,” a senior civil aviation ministry official said. The security charge of Rs 130 per passenger has not been revised for the last 10 years.
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The passenger service fee, which is charged on air ticket, has two components.

One is the facilitation charge — used for services such as baggage trolleys, escalators, travellators and air conditioning in terminal — and the other is security component, through which airport operators pay the CISF, which has been entrusted with the job to secure Indian airports. Airlines deposit the security charges collected from passengers in the escrow account, from which it transfers the money to Now, the claims that there has been a huge delay in payment, while the operators are saying they do not have enough money to pay the security force. “We guard critical facilities and installations such as airports, steel plants, atomic power plants across the country, for which we charge a fee. The service fee is supposed to be deposited by 10th of every month, which is then used by the Home Ministry to pay salaries and allowances to the personnel at those facilities. We have flagged the issue to the highest authority,” a senior officer said. The officer said that almost Rs 8 billion is due is from GMR-owned Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL).

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First Published: Thu, July 19 2018. 16:46 IST

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