Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) is planning to rope in consultants to help determine the aeronautical tariff at major airports.
The airports tariff regulator, which is preparing to decide on the tariff in various aerodromes, is now looking to engage consultants to assist it “in determination of tariffs for aeronautical services at major airports”, according to a public notice.
The aeronautical services have been put into three segments –aeronautical services provided by airport operators; cargo, ground handling and fuel supply services; and air navigation services.
Consultants are being sought to help AERA in deciding the tariffs at various aerodromes, including Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad, and Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru.
AERA would be hiring the services of consultants for “AAI airports at Chennai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Thiruvananthapuram, Lucknow, Guwahati, Kozhikode and enclaves at Goa, Pune and Srinagar, the notice said.
Besides, their services would be utilised in deciding the tariff for upcoming Kannur International Airport in Kerala, Chandigarh International Airport as well as for three fuel farm operations including DAFFFL at the international aerodrome in the national capital, as per the notice.
AERA has the mandate to determine the tariff for aeronautical services after taking into account various factors including capital expenditure incurred and timely investment in improvement of airport facilities.
Earlier this month, the regulator came out with a tentative ceiling on capital costs incurred by aerodrome operators as it seeks to put in place a “reasonable benchmark” for determining the fee charged from users and curb possible ‘gold plating’ of expenses.
Ceiling costs are being fixed as a “reasonable benchmark for evaluating capital costs to be incurred by airport operators of major airports for the purpose of tariff determination on a tentative basis”, it had said.
The limits would be in place till finalisation of a norm to decide on capital costs through a more rigorous process.