The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.
The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport. Photo is copyrighted. Used with permission.

UDF passenger fees set to significantly reduce at Bangalore airport from July

Bengaluru International Airport Ltd (BIAL), the operator of Bangalore’s Kempegowda international airport, has proposed a steep decrease in user development fees (UDF) collected from every departing passenger from July 1.

From the current ₹384.27 the UDF for domestic passengers is proposed to be reduced to ₹79.19. International passengers will pay an UDF of ₹316.76 down from the current ₹1,537.

However, the joy will be short-lived as BIAL has proposed an increase every year from April 1, 2019 as it invests in a new runway, and the second terminal.

UDF at Bangalore

Current July 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019 April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021
Domestic ₹384.27 ₹79.19 ₹93.42 ₹104.06
International ₹1,537 ₹316.76 ₹373.68 ₹416.22

UDF is excluding taxes

Some experts feel the reduction should be more. The first control period ended on March 31, 2016, and the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority has delayed publishing a consultation paper and will finally hold consultations with stake-holders on Monday, June 18th at the Taj Bangalore hotel at the airport.

In the interim period BIAL has continued to charge the old rates, while it has also experienced over twice the growth rate originally forecasted by AERA when the current UDF was set.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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