The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will levy a User Development Fee (UDF) for embarking passengers at Mangalore Airport from September 1st. According to the information revealed by M R Vasudeva, Airport Director, AAI, Mangalore an UDF of Rs 150 will be levied for embarking domestic passengers and for international passengers, Rs 825 will be charged. This is inclusive of service tax and collection charges imposed by airlines on passengers. However, infants under the tickets issued by the airlines, holders of diplomatic passports, airline crew members on duty, and transit passengers are exempted from the UDF.
AAI that aims to achieve highest standards of safety and quality in air traffic services has taken up several development works at Mangalore Airport since 2002. Some of the notable works include construction of the second runway and a new terminal building at the airport which was later inaugurated by the Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel on May 15th.
The Mangalore Airport handled 1.18 lakh international passengers and 2.90 lakh domestic passengers in the first 6 months compared to 1.15 lakh and 2.47 lakh in the year 2009. AAI has been levying UDF at non-metro airports such as Amritsar, Udaipur, Tiruchi and Visakhapatnam since June 15th and at Thiruvananthapuram Airport since August 1st.