Come April, flying out of Hyderabad is going to cost one a lot more than before. Well, to be precise, the fares will go up from April 2022 onwards. The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) has approved an annual graded hike.
As per this, there will be a hike in user development fees (UDF), paid directly by flyers and other aeronautical charges levied on the airlines. These will determine the ticket prices from April 1, 2022. AERA tariff order for Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is for the third control period (TCP) from April 1, 2022, to March 31, 2026. While AERA did want to hike prices for this financial year, it did not want to impact the nascent recovery of the domestic sector in India following a bad year due to the pandemic.
UDP for departing domestic and international flyers will increase from present Rs 281 to Rs 393 respectively to Rs 750 and Rs 1500 till December 31, 2025. From January 1, 2026, till the next order, the UDF will fall to Rs 500 and Rs 1000 per domestic and international flyer. Other aeronautical charges like aircraft landing and parking fees will also be impacted accordingly.
Incidentally, AERA has followed the same process for other airports such as the Bengaluru airport and Kochi airport. However, AERA maintains that due to no increase in tariff for FY 2021-22, they do not expect a cash deficit. Even if there is a deficit, AERA is confident that the airports can tide over it.