Forum to protest against Indian airport authorities

SHARJAH — All India Airport Users’ Forum (AIAUF) based in the UAE is planning to start an intensive campaign against the proposed move for introducing users’ fee at Thiruvananthapuram International Airport in the south Indian state of Kerala.

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Published: Sun 16 May 2010, 12:34 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 3:40 PM

The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority in India last week permitted Airport Authority of India to collect, for a period of 10 years, an ad-hoc user development fee of Rs 755 (more than Dhs60) from every international passenger flying out of the new airport to be opened shortly in Kerala’s capital.

President of AIAUF in Sharjah, K M Basheer, condemned the move to charge users, most of whom are Gulf-based Keralites. “It’s totally unfair on the part of the Indian aviation authorities to introduce users’ fee at Thiruvananthapuram airport, to be charged only from international passengers,” he said in a press release.

He noted that users’ development fee at Kozhikode and Kochi airports was scrapped after prolonged legal fight and protests from expatriate Indian organisations spearheaded by AIAUF, which highlights the fact that the users’ fee could be unaffordable to hundreds of expatriate workers. “We will not allow this unjust fee to be introduced and will oppose the move tooth and nail,” he said.

Basheer said AIAUF had already started gathering support from the Gulf expatriates and more protests would be held in the coming days. “We are planning to organise (an) airport march and will prevent (the authorities from) collecting the fee from Gulf-bound passengers. We had got a similar fee scrapped after a hard-fought struggle at Kozhikode and Kochi Airports,” said Basheer.

“Collecting exorbitant amounts in the name of airport users’ fee at a time when the expatriates are going through unprecedented hardships due to the global economic crisis and loss of jobs as well as increased living costs in the Gulf countries is quite unjustifiable,” he pointed out. AIAUF, Basheer said, would soon start legal fight against the move with the help of other expatriate social organisations.

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