Last Updated: April 1, 2021, 2000 hrs

On March 19, MoCA had said the ASF would be increased from Rs 160 to Rs 200 for domestic passengers and USD 5.20 to USD 12 for international passengers which would be applicable from April 1.

Global airlines body IATA (International Air Transport Association) has requested the Centre to suspend the planned increase in Aviation Security Fee (ASF) for domestic and international passengers stating that it will be detrimental to the aviation industry’s recovery efforts.

Conrad Clifford, Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific, International Air Transport Association (IATA) wrote a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday, stating that the aviation industry is facing the biggest challenge of its history COVID-19 and has devastated the air transport industry and any such costs escalation – the increase in the ASF – in such uncertain times will be detrimental to its collective recovery efforts due to the pandemic.

“It is worthwhile to note that various other governments and service providers are freezing or reducing charges in response to the current crisis to facilitate a quicker recovery of traffic,” he noted.

“The IATA would respectfully request the government of India to consider delaying or suspending the planned increase in ASF rates effective April 1, 2021,” he stated. 

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