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Airlines told to refund airport fee to passengers

If you are flying out of Delhi and your ticket was booked last month, expect a refund of R200 from your airline.

delhi Updated: Jun 17, 2011 23:42 IST
Sidhartha Roy

If you are flying out of Delhi and your ticket was booked last month, expect a refund of Rs200 from your airline.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked airlines to refund airport development fee (ADF) already collected from passengers on account of advance bookings.

The country’s civil aviation regulator has asked the airlines to refund the amount as per their procedures in a recent circular.

On June 1, 2011, the Delhi high court had ordered the private airport operator Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) to stop collecting an ADF of Rs200 from domestic passengers and Rs1,300 from international passengers.

The high court had ordered DIAL not to levy and collect any development fee at the

IGI Airport until an appropriate order is passed by the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority.

After the order, DIAL had asked airlines to stop including ADF in the fares with immediate effect. However, passengers who had booked their tickets in advance before June 1, 2011, had already paid the ADF as part of the fare.

DIAL had requested the Civil Aviation Ministry in 2009 to allow it to charge ADF from passengers to cover a funding gap of Rs1,827 crore required for the modernisation of IGI Airport. The total cost of Phase I of the project is Rs8,975 crore. The ministry had allowed it to charge the fee for a period of three years (till March 2012).