Come New Year and travellers flying out of Capital’s Indira Gandhi International Airport will get relief.

The development fee (DF) at Delhi’s IGI airport will be slashed by Rs. 100 for domestic and Rs. 700 per international passenger from Tuesday. The fee was Rs. 200 and Rs. 1,300 per domestic and international passenger respectively.

The decision of GMR-led Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) to slash the charges followed a directive by the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA).

Earlier, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh had directed DIAL and Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) to abolish DF at the two airports with effect from January 1, 2013. The Minister had also directed the Airports Authority of India (AAI) not to levy DF at Chennai and Kolkata airports, being modernised by it.

Following this, DIAL had moved AERA, which, after consultations, decided to reduce the rate which would tentatively remain effective till April 2016.

Welcoming the order, DIAL said in a statement that the measure would “enable airlines to reduce the overall travel cost of passengers, thus giving a boost to the Indian aviation sector.”

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