Civil aviation minister Ajit Singh has rejected a proposal to levy a development fee on passengers who will use the upcoming integrated terminal at Calcutta airport, sources said.
Singh, the sources said, has directed the Airports Authority of India (AAI) not to propose the fee for Calcutta and Chennai. Had it been levied, passengers flying out of Calcutta would have had to pay an additional charge that was to be included in the ticket price.
The AAI had earlier proposed to the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority that Rs 300 and Rs 1,000 be levied on each domestic and international passenger, respectively, flying out of Calcutta and Chennai airports.
“Passengers flying out of Calcutta and Chennai will not be charged any development fee even after the modernisation of the airports,” an official quoted the minister as saying. “Greenfield airports like Hyderabad and Bangalore are levying the development fee on passengers,” the official said.