Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Destinations > Asia > India
Reload this Page >

Airport Departure Tax At Bombay

Airport Departure Tax At Bombay

Old Apr 10, 11, 9:45 pm
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Programs: United, SPG
Posts: 276
Airport Departure Tax At Bombay

I am going to India next month in CO BusinessFirst. Two years ago when I was there, when we were flying out of Bombay, at the check in desk they made us pay a $50 per a person User Development Fee, for what I assume was to pay for the expansion of the airport. Does anyone know if they are still charging this fee, and if it is a flat fee or varies based on class of service? Thanks
onesweetworld is offline  
Old Apr 11, 11, 5:12 am
  #2  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: 3rd Rock from the Sun
Programs: UA MP, DL SkyMiles
Posts: 287
I haven't had to pay a separate UDF at BOM in years now. They used to collect something called a "departure tax" until several years ago but now all such charges should be collected with your ticket fare and not separately at the airport.
compuser1973 is offline  
Old Apr 12, 11, 12:55 pm
  #3  
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: PDX
Programs: Don't think it matters...
Posts: 5,121
Originally Posted by compuser1973 View Post
I haven't had to pay a separate UDF at BOM in years now. They used to collect something called a "departure tax" until several years ago but now all such charges should be collected with your ticket fare and not separately at the airport.
Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mangelore are some of the newer airports which charge UDF .
Mumbai didnt charge earlier but am not sure now..
abhilife2001 is offline  
Old Apr 12, 11, 6:01 pm
  #4  
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: London
Programs: BA silver, VS, Jet, Carlson gold, Amex Plat
Posts: 611
Mumbai airport has been charging UDF since 2009, but the fee is only INR 600 (about $14) per person for an international flight, and its normally included in your ticket price.

If you were charged $50 per person, that sounds a bit dodgy!
abfab is offline  
Old Apr 14, 11, 12:05 pm
  #5  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: India
Programs: Bonvoy Ambassador & Lifetime Titanium, IHG Plat, HH Gold, Trident Plat, DL Diamond, AI Maharajah
Posts: 27,884
Originally Posted by abfab View Post
Mumbai airport has been charging UDF since 2009, but the fee is only INR 600 (about $14) per person for an international flight, and its normally included in your ticket price.

If you were charged $50 per person, that sounds a bit dodgy!
i agree....
Keyser is offline  
Old Apr 15, 11, 1:27 pm
  #6  
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Exile
Posts: 14,911
It is a pretty common scam among the check-in staff at Mumbai airport. You probably got a fake receipt too with lots of rubber stamps.
B747-437B is offline  
Old Apr 15, 11, 2:16 pm
  #7  
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: SAT / MAA / BOM
Programs: CO Plat; UA 1K; EK Gold
Posts: 5,110
Originally Posted by abfab View Post
Mumbai airport has been charging UDF since 2009, but the fee is only INR 600 (about $14) per person for an international flight, and its normally included in your ticket price.

If you were charged $50 per person, that sounds a bit dodgy!
Yup. Sounds like a scam. I have flown CO BF out of BOM in 2008/9. Did not pay anything extra at check-in.


I suggest the OP should call CO and tell them about their experience.
snod08 is offline  
Old Apr 16, 11, 3:50 pm
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: PHL
Posts: 877
Originally Posted by B747-437B View Post
It is a pretty common scam among the check-in staff at Mumbai airport. You probably got a fake receipt too with lots of rubber stamps.
What's the best way to defuse this scam in your experience? Presumably they could just refuse to check you in without a bribe...
ttjoseph is offline  
Old Apr 17, 11, 3:44 am
  #9  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: India
Programs: Bonvoy Ambassador & Lifetime Titanium, IHG Plat, HH Gold, Trident Plat, DL Diamond, AI Maharajah
Posts: 27,884
Originally Posted by ttjoseph View Post
What's the best way to defuse this scam in your experience? Presumably they could just refuse to check you in without a bribe...
they can't refuse to check you in because they would have to justify that action....
Keyser is offline  
Old Apr 17, 11, 10:28 pm
  #10  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Programs: United, SPG
Posts: 276
Hmmm i wish we had someone who has flown recently because I know for a fact we paid the fee in Aug 2008 and I did think it sounded like a scam because $50 USD in india is alot of money but it was at the check in desk and they charged it on the credit card. I dunno what would happen if you just refused to pay it, or if you simply checked in online before your flight and by passed the airport check in. Any ideas?
onesweetworld is offline  
Old Apr 20, 11, 5:30 pm
  #11  
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Exile
Posts: 14,911
Originally Posted by Keyser View Post
they can't refuse to check you in because they would have to justify that action....
They can delay you until after the check-in deadline and then pretend you showed up late.

Be assertive and insist on speaking to an airline manager. The less likely it seems that you will fall for the scam, the more likely they will concede sooner rather than later and check you in.
B747-437B is offline  
Old Apr 21, 11, 3:26 am
  #12  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: India
Programs: Bonvoy Ambassador & Lifetime Titanium, IHG Plat, HH Gold, Trident Plat, DL Diamond, AI Maharajah
Posts: 27,884
Originally Posted by B747-437B View Post
They can delay you until after the check-in deadline and then pretend you showed up late.
again, that's not something they can do or would risk doing....
Keyser is offline  
Old Apr 22, 11, 1:11 am
  #13  
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: PDX
Programs: Don't think it matters...
Posts: 5,121
Originally Posted by Keyser View Post
again, that's not something they can do or would risk doing....
+1..

Originally Posted by onesweetworld View Post
Hmmm i wish we had someone who has flown recently because I know for a fact we paid the fee in Aug 2008 and I did think it sounded like a scam because $50 USD in india is alot of money but it was at the check in desk and they charged it on the credit card. I dunno what would happen if you just refused to pay it, or if you simply checked in online before your flight and by passed the airport check in. Any ideas?
Hmm.. if they charged it on a CC then its something else IMO.. I have travelled frequently thru BOM in earlier years and never faced this kinda scam.. Its too risky for check in staff to resort to this. Have sometimes heard them allowing xx kilos of excess check in baggage without a receipt and some underhand money but this is something new I have heard..
abhilife2001 is offline  
Old Apr 26, 11, 5:31 am
  #14  
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Exile
Posts: 14,911
Originally Posted by Keyser View Post
again, that's not something they can do or would risk doing....
Not to you who is clearly a well traveled Indian, but this is the kind of scam they pull on flustered goras all the time in third world countries.
B747-437B is offline  
Old Apr 26, 11, 7:39 am
  #15  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: India
Programs: Bonvoy Ambassador & Lifetime Titanium, IHG Plat, HH Gold, Trident Plat, DL Diamond, AI Maharajah
Posts: 27,884
Originally Posted by B747-437B View Post
Not to you who is clearly a well traveled Indian, but this is the kind of scam they pull on flustered goras all the time in third world countries.
i have 'gora' clients coming into india all the time....i have never heard any one of them complain about something like this....
Keyser is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search Engine: