Last Updated: March 31, 2021, 2146 hrs 

Aviation Security Fees (ASF) in an integral Component for all air tickets, and is charged from the passengers to fund the security arrangements across the country at airports. The Central Industrial Security Force takes care of the security at most airports in the country under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

The aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has hiked ASF, thus has resulted in making air travel costlier, from April 1. The effective rise in ASF for domestic passengers is of ₹40, for international passengers, the rise is of ₹114.38.

“Aviation Security Fee for domestic passengers will be levied at the rate of ₹200 per embarking passenger. Aviation Security Fee for international passengers will be levied at the rate of US$ 12 or equivalent Indian Rupees embarking passenger. The new rates will be effective on tickets issued on or after April 1, 2021,” stated the DGCA order dated March 19.

Children under the age of two years, holders of diplomatic passports, airlines crew on duty, persons travelling on official duty on aircraft operated by the Indian Air Force, persons travelling on official duty on United Nations peacekeeping missions, passengers in transit of transfer or those departing from any airport due to involuntary rerouting ( ie. technical problem or weather conditions are exempted from paying ASF.

The ASF rates have been revised after around six months . In September 2020, the ASF for domestic flyers had been increased by ₹10 (to ₹160). For international passengers, it was increased to US$ 5.20 from US$ 4.85.

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