India air fares dip with travel tax removal
Airfares from India to all foreign destinations, including Doha, dropped by QR40 ($11) with the removal of foreign travel tax (FTT) by the government.
This tax used to be collected at the time of buying a return ticket in Doha.
A Gulf Times report said Indian Airlines office in Doha has already circulated a notice among travel agents asking them to desist from collecting the FTT component on the ticket. All other airlines are expected follow suit in a day or two, travel industry sources said. They are waiting for instructions from their respective headquarters.
According to industry sources, airlines will have to refund to passengers any money they may have collected from passengers on account of foreign travel tax after January 9, said the report.
However, airlines will continue to levy QR20 as passenger service fee (PSF), for every check-in, sources indicated. Meanwhile, domestic travel within India received a major boost with the elimination of the so-called inland air travel tax (IAAT). This would make all domestic travel tickets cheaper by 15 per cent.