New Delhi: People traveling in domestic and international flights will have to pay more than today (April 1), as the Air Safety Charge (ASF) has come into force. Earlier, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had decided to hike the Air Security Charge (ASF) from 1 April. The increase in ASF for domestic air passengers is Rs 40, while for international air passengers it is Rs 114.38. ASF is collected from both domestic and international passengers for security arrangements at airports across the country. The DGCA had already said in its order, “Aviation security charges for domestic passengers will be levied at the rate of Rs 200 per passenger.
Aviation security charges for international passengers will be levied to travelers equal to US $ 12 or Indian Rupees. The new rates will be effective on tickets issued on or after 1 April 2021. However, some passengers are exempted from paying ASF. These passengers include children under two years of age, diplomatic passport holders, airline crew on duty, people going on official duty on aircraft operated by the Indian Air Force, people on duty at the UN Peacekeeping Mission.
Earlier ASF was raised by Rs 10 for domestic passengers and $ 0.35 for international passengers in September 2020. Normal international air travel has not started yet, while capacity for domestic air travel is down 80%. Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said last month that the second wave of COVID-19 has delayed the airlines to operate at 100% capacity which was planned to be from the start of the summer schedule from 1 April.