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Govt to increase levy for regional air connectivity scheme from January 1

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The government will increase the levy charged from airlines operating on major routes to Rs 10,000 per departure from January 1, a move that could push the airfares higher.


Currently, the levy is Rs 5,000 per departure and the amount will further go up to Rs 15,000 from April 1 next year, according to a notification.


To fund the scheme — (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) — the ministry has been collecting the levy from December 2016.


As many as 451 routes were operational till November 1 this year and more such routes are expected to be added in the coming months.


An airline industry official said the fares could rise by up to Rs 50 per person once the higher levy comes into force.


As per the notification issued last month, the central government has decided to revise the levy and accordingly, the amount will be Rs 10,000 per departure from January 1 to March 31, 2023.


From April 1, 2023 to April 30, 2027, the levy will be higher at Rs 15,000 per departure.


Since at least half of the seats in flights are offered at subsidised fares, the participating carriers are provided a Viability Gap Funding (VGF). The levy is collected towards the VGF, which is shared between the Centre and the states concerned.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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