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Jul 10, 2009 at 01:54am IST

AAI planning to charge fee from flyers

New Delhi: Flying may just get costlier with sources telling CNN-IBN that the Airport Authority of India airports slated for modernisation will soon start charging user fees.

Airport Authority of India is upgrading 35 airports across India and development fee being charged at various airports ranges from Rs 150 to Rs 250.

Travel boards like International Air Transportation Association and Travel Agents Association of India have so far resisted any such levy of development fee.

TRYING TO GET MORE BUCK: Airport Authority of India is upgrading 35 airports across India.

The Civil Aviation Minister, however, said that imposition of airport development fee on Chennai and Kolkata Airport are under consideration.

AAI is undertaking development of airports and already upgrading Chennai, Kolkata and various other airports. For this a development fee should be levied. A suggestion is under consideration in our Ministry," said Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel.