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The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.
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BIAL announces 120% increase in UDF for next four months

Bangalore Airport (BIAL) has announced that the User Development Fee (UDF) at the Kempegowda International Airport, will be increased for four months from 16 April 2019.

The UDF per passenger will be revised:

  • from Rs. 139 to Rs. 306 for domestic departures
  • from Rs. 558 to Rs. 1,226 for international departures

The revised fee will be applicable for tickets procured between 16 April 2019 and 15 August 2019, following which the fees will revert to the previous fees mentioned above. The airport has stated that “The additional funds collected will only be used to meet capital expenditure of the expansion projects and will provide BIAL with required cash flows for implementation of these projects.”

Bangalore Kempegowda Airport Terminal 2 Phase 1 - Artistic impression
Bangalore Kempegowda Airport Terminal 2 Phase 1 – Artistic impression

The User Development Fee (UDF) at the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB or BLR Airport) will be revised based on an Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) amendment issued on April 4, 2019 to its earlier Order – No. 18/2018-19, following the interim relief given by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal’s (TDSAT) ruling of March 14, 2019, allowing BIAL to collect revised charges for a limited period of four months.

Hari Marar, MD & CEO, BIAL
“This incremental increase in charges would provide BIAL much needed relief as we are in the midst of a massive Rs. 13,000 crore capacity expansion to cater to the stupendous growth of the aviation sector in India. We are thankful to TDSAT, AERA and the Govt. of Karnataka for their continued support for BIAL’s huge infrastructure outlay. As mandated by AERA, the money generated from the incremental increase in UDF, during these four months, will be deposited in a separate bank account and will be used only to fund the ongoing infrastructure expansion”

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