India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) reportedly approved the implementation of user development fee (UDF) at Jaipur Airport, the first non metro airport to receive approval of the passenger charge (The Economic Times, 10-Nov-2009). Jaipur Airport will reportedly levy USD21.6 per international and USD3.24 per domestic departing passenger. Ahmedabad, Trichi and Varanasi airports are also reportedly seeking approval to levy UDF. Hyderabad and Bangalore airports currently levy UDF, while Delhi and Mumbai airports levy an airport development fee (ADF).
Ministry of Civil Aviation considers approval of user development fees at non metro airports
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