Decision taken as new terminals still not fully functional

The levy of a user development fee (UDF) for domestic travel at the Chennai airport has been deferred till April 30, officials of the Airports Authority of India said.

The UDF for international travel has been indefinitely deferred.

In February, the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) had announced its decision to collect UDF from passengers at the Chennai airport. The charges for domestic travel were Rs. 166 and for international, Rs. 667.

The levy of UDF was to begin from March 1 for the new terminal, but since the new terminals were not thrown open for use and passengers still use the old terminals, fee collection had initially been postponed to March 30.

Now, officials said that while trial runs for the domestic terminal are already on, departures may only take place here from the first week of April. And so, the decision to postpone levying the UDF again, has been taken.

“It is the management’s decision to temporarily put off levying the UDF as the new terminals have still not had full-fledged operations. But they are likely start functioning soon,” an official said.

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