The Government of India has announced a hike in the security fee paid by passengers on domestic and international routes — the fee is included in the ticket price. The amount has been revised for the first time since 2001.

From July 1, passengers will be charged a security fee of ₹150 from ₹130 per flight. For international flights, the security fee levied is at the rate of US $4.85 or equivalent Indian rupees per embarking passenger.

The aviation security fee (ASF) replaces the passenger service fee(security component) (PSF(SC)). According to an official document, “The ASF will be replacing the PSF (SC), which stands of a passenger service fee. The above rates of the ASF will be applicable with effect from 00.01 Hrs of 01.07.2019 and will replace the PSF (SC) which was being charged so far at the rate of ₹130 per embarking passenger for tickets issued against Indian Rupees and US $3.25 per embarking passenger for tickets issued against foreign currency.”

This move is aimed at bridging the funding gap and to clear pending security dues at 56 airports across India — some airports have expressed difficulties in paying bills for deployment of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

Aneri Shroff