The fee has been hiked by Rs 20 for domestic travel to plug the funding gap and clear pending security dues at 56 airports.
According to a PTI report of March, over Rs 600 crore was due to Central Industrial Security Force for guarding these airports. The CISF, which is a para military force under the home ministry, guards 61 airports across the country.
The passenger service fee amount has remained unchanged since 2001 and a decision was taken last year to increase the fee to bridge the funding gap. While the cost of providing security has been increased, the levy collected from passengers is not sufficient to meet the shortfall.