After paying for airline tickets and for the seat of your choice, Airlines will now charge for the security checks at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport from February 1.
The decision came after the Delhi airport asked airlines to pay for the X-ray baggage check but the airline shifted that to the passengers. So now the domestic passengers will pay Rs 5 and international passengers will pay Rs 50 for the scanning process.
Delhi airport operators paid Rs 120 crore to the government as passenger security fee that flyers pay. The money was used to buy baggage screening equipment. The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) later sought details from Delhi airport authority (DIAL) regarding the purchase of baggage screening equipment that was bought using the Passenger Service Fee (PSF) and DIAL’s own funds.
According to a leading daily’s report, AERA order DIAL on October 24, 2018, had submitted that it had procured assets relating to baggage screening equipment worth Rs 119.66 crore from PSF and Rs 2.23 crore from DIAL’s own fund.
AERA later reiterated that DIAL will be allowed to charge X-Ray baggage charges only after it remits the amount spent from PSF. Once PSF was remitted, DIAL was allowed to charge the fees.
This is the second new charge or hike at the airport in the past two months.