Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government
today asked the Centre to reconsider its decision on
introducing user fee for overseas bound passengers travelling
from the new international airport terminal to be inaugurated
here later this month.
"The state government would take up the matter with the
Civil Aviation Ministry," Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan
told reporters after a cabinet meeting here.
The Airports Authority of India has decided to introduce
a user fee of Rs 755 per ticket for passengers travelling from
the new terminal.
The airport was not constructed on Build-Operate-Transfer
(BOT) or private-public participation mode and hence it was
unjustifiable to introduce user fee, the state government had
told the Centre.
It had also stated that a majority of passengers using
the airport were ordinary workers employed in the Gulf.