India’s DGCA Increases Air Security Fee Charged To All Passengers
India’s aviation regulator, the DGCA, has increased the Air Security Fee (ASF) on all domestic and international flights from today. The decision comes as Indian aviation reels from the pandemic and the airports look to cover losses. The domestic ASF will go up by ₹40 ($0.55) per ticket to ₹200.
For the second time in six months, the government has moved to increase the Air Security Fee levied on all passengers traveling to and from Indian airports. According to Hindustan Times, the new ASF rates come into effect from today, April 1st, making flying ever so slightly more expensive on all routes.
As the name suggests, the ASF is used to fund security functions at the airport, including paying for the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) at all checkpoints. Considering the high risk at airports, countries around the world invest substantially in security, usually passing on costs to travelers through fees such as the ASF.