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Flight Tickets To Get More Expensive From April 01 – Know Why

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Posted on Mar 31st, 2021 by Heena Ganotra, Last updated Nov 1st, 2021, Leave a Comment

Airfares are high enough already to make our budgets crash and wait for an entire year to plan another international trip. With this new update, would it require you to wait for a year more? 

Let’s find out! 

Why Are Flights Turning Expensive?

Starting from 1st April 2021, the government is increasing the Aviation Security Fee (ASF) that is paid by air passengers for both domestic and international flights. 

That’s because, in the last 1.5 months, jet fuel prices along with the increase in ASF has added more costs, leading to a 30% hike in airfare bands. 

How Much Will The Increase In Airfares Be?

Currently, the government charges INR 160 as Aviation Security Fee for domestic flights and $5.2 for international flights. 

Starting 1st April 2021, the fee is being increased to INR 200 for domestic flights and to $12 for international flights. 

Are There Any Exemptions To Paying Aviation Security Fee?

As per the latest orders from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), there are certain categories that do not have to pay this fee. Those categories are as follows – 

  • Children (under age of 2 years)
  • Holders of diplomatic passport
  • Airline crew on duty, including sky marshals, persons traveling on official duty on aircraft operated by LAF.
  • Persons traveling on official duty for United Nations Peace Keeping Missions and transit passengers.
  • Passengers departing from any airport due to involuntary re-routing because of technical problems or weather conditions.

Has Aviation Security Fee Increased In The Past?

Yes! In September, last year, the ASF for Domestic passengers increased from INR 150 to INR 160 and from $4.85 to $5.2 for international passengers. 

What Is Aviation Security Fee & Why Is It Required?

Airlines collect the ASF from passengers when they book their tickets. This fee is then paid to the government. Aviation Security Fee is required to pay for the deployment of CISF personnel at the airport and to also fund the safety arrangements at the airports. 

Where Can I Book Comparatively Cheap Flights?

If you are looking to book USA to India flights at discounted rates, you can get in touch with My Tickets To India. We are a leading flight-booking portal with a genuine approach and 100% transparency. With us, flight-bookings are easy and hassle-free. All you have to do is give us a call or join the live chat and our travel agents will guide you through.

For more such updates, stay tuned to MyTicketsToIndia.

About Heena Ganotra | View Posts

A writer by both passion and profession, Heena Ganotra is "half agony, half hope" but all heart. And oh, she has been a book lover from the start! Her love for books is what convinced her to make a career in the wonderful world of words. She loves what she does and is out-and-out a satisfied soul with a wish to spread happiness like herpes. Insight- Some say she is living the best life anyone could because she reads, writes, travels, and makes merry. They’re right because what else does one really need! :)

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