[Gulf News] Dubai All UAE flights to New Delhi are in for a steep fare hike following a 346 per cent increase in airport charges and a user development fee (UDF) that will be levied on passengers by the Indian capital’s airport regulator, Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India starting May 15.
The approximate increase in ticket prices, according to the country’s airport operator, is estimated to be around Rs290 (Dh20) in the domestic sector and Rs580 in the international sector.
The current economy return fares from Dubai to Delhi range from Dh1,500 to Dh2,000 depending on the airline. An industry expert told Gulf News last night that the increase could result in fares between the UAE and Delhi rising by as much as 15 per cent. Tour operators in Dubai and Sharjah expect fares to go up as early as next month.
An Emirates spokesperson told Gulf News: “Emirates is concerned by the proposed increase in airport changes at Delhi airport. We are currently in discussions with the relevant authority and have no further comment at this time.”….
By Sharmila Dhal Senior Reporter, XPRESS
and Shweta Jain Senior Reporter
Published: April 27, 2012