This just looks like a Monopoly game instruction but for those who are flying out of Delhi from January 1, 2013 onwards, it could be some money in your pocket.
The Delhi Airport has had to reduce their Airport Development Fee, one of the highest in the world, to more moderate levels from January 1, 2013 on the instructions of the regulator. Before January 1, 2013, the ADF used to be Rs. 200 ($4) for domestic flights and Rs. 1,300 ($ 24) for international flights taking off from Delhi airport. The entire fee is supposed to contribute to the development of the airport.
From January 1, the new ADF applicable is Rs. 100 (~$2) for all domestic departures, and Rs. 600 (~$11) for international ones. Airlines charge the ADF on behalf of the airport operators and are supposed to pass on the ADF to them. However, if you booked your tickets before January 2013 and were charged the old ADF rates, you are entitled to a partial ADF refund by the airline. Airlines will be allowed to keep a collection charge of Rs. 2.5 – Rs. 5 for each transaction.
Now, I have no clue if the airlines are going to automatically issue a refund or one needs to request it to get it, but if you booked tickets in 2012 to travel via Delhi airport in 2013 it seems like it will be a wise idea to contact your travel agent or airline about the refund in question.
At last count, me and my family have tickets booked on Air India, SpiceJet, Indigo and Jet Airways which will undergo the drill. I think I will just contact one airline a day in the coming days to figure out how will they refund the monies.
Do share your experiences as well, with a positive or negative scenario so that we can all get the money back together!