As demand for air travel in India increases, so may the prices
- The Airports Authority of
India(AAI) has submitted a request to increase passenger service charges, specifically the security fees.
- This will, in turn, lead to an increase in the prices of flight tickets.
- The demand had been put in to recover the
deficitof around ₹8 billion owed to the Central Industrial Security Force(CISF) by airport operators.
How are the prices going to increase?
As per the civil aviation ministry, they’re considering a marginal increase in the security charge. Their justification is that since there’s been an exponential growth in passengers, the current fees don’t fully cover the cost of security management.
Currently, the charge is of ₹130 and hasn’t undergone any change in 10 years. The proposal will hike it to ₹225.
It was argued that since security is a sovereign issue, ideally the government should provide the amount from its
What’s the link between airport operators and the CISF?
The security charges that are collected from the passengers are dropped into an escrow account, which then sends the money to the CISF. While they claim that there’s been a delay in payments, the airport operators state that the money just isn’t there to make the payments.
The deficit amount currently is almost ₹8 billion.
There’s a need for more security
All over India, there are 98 airports of which only 59 fall under the CISF. The point of contention lies in the fact that 26 of those come under the ‘ hyper-sensitive’ category.
The increase in the flow of passengers, thus, leads to an increase for security at these airports, especially in places like
Considering that the whole point of the UDAN scheme was to increase regional connectivity by allowing the 'aam aadmi' to fly at reasonable prices, an increase in price doesn't align with that objective.
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