Hyderabad: Outward-bound passengers of the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad may soon have to pay the so-called user development fee with the Andhra Pradesh high court on Tuesday allowing the airport developer GMR Infrastructure Ltd to levy it.

“Pursuant to the policy direction by ministry of civil aviation to adopt hybrid till model with 30% cross subsidization for Hyderabad Airport and pending compliance, GHIAL (GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd) had filed a writ petition with high court at Hyderabad seeking approval to collect tariff/airport charges as was being collected prior to 1 April 2014," the company said in a statement to BSE on Thursday.

GMR has not yet mentioned the amount or date when the fee will be levied. India’s airports regulator—the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India—had directed the airport operated by GMR to scrap the fee for two years from 1 April 2014 till 31 March 2016. Before the fee was scrapped, domestic passenger had to pay 430 and international passengers around 1,700.

In the hybrid model, the airport operator combines non-aeronautical to aeronautical revenues while tabulating the total revenue. A cross subsidization of 30% implies that 30% of the non-aeronautical revenue is added to the total revenue.

The passenger traffic at the Hyderabad airport recently crossed 10 million per year.

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