New Delhi: The Kempegowda International Airport has raised the user development fee (UDF) by 17% for departing international passengers, and 3% for domestic passengers, to compensate for revenue loss, an official said on Saturday. Also Read - Air India Pay Cut: 'Top Brass Taking Only 4% Cut, Not Paid us 70% Since April,' Scoffs Indian Pilots' Guild

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“The revised UDF for departing passengers at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru is Rs 184 per pax (domestic) and Rs 839 per pax (international),” said an airport official. Also Read - International Flights: Air India Flights From Dubai, Sharjah, Oman; More Domestic Flights From July 15 | Check Details

Earlier, the UDF was Rs 179 per pax (domestic) and Rs 716 per pax (international).

The UDF for domestic departing passengers rose by 3% and for international passengers by 17 per cent.

Will tickets become costlier?

Yes, tickets will become costlier but as far as domestic flights are concerned, the hike will be negligible. For international tickets, though, the hike is significant. In fact, the user development fee of Bengaluru airport was much higher than this in 2019. In a revision, the fee was made Rs 306 for domestic flights. Later, it was rolled back.

What is user development fee?

This is a charge levied by the airports for some development work. This money goes to the airports and not the airlines.

Will other airports too follow suit?

The civil aviation ministry had put a cap on the ticket prices before resuming domestic services from March 25. While the airlines were forbidden from overcharging, user development fee is not collected by the airlines. Bangalore airport is managed by a public-private partnership model. As airports suffered a huge blow owing to the lockdown, other PPP airports may increase the fee, as well.

(With Agency Inputs)