Jet Airways, SpiceJet to partly clear AAI dues by weekend

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SummaryThe sources said SpiceJet has paid another another Rs 15-18 crore which was not accounted for earlier.

Prodded by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to pay off their dues, Jet Airways and SpiceJet on Monday promised the state-run airports body to make part payments by this weekend, official sources said.

While SpiceJet would pay up Rs 25 crore by November 29 to clear its outstanding dues, Jet Airways has agreed to pay Rs 80 crore by November 29 and another Rs 12 crore of its dues by December 10, official sources said here.

Jet owes AAI a total of Rs 165 crore and SpiceJet Rs 119 crore, they said.

The two airlines informed the AAI about their readiness to settle part of their outstandings at a meeting today, as the airports body threatened to put them on a cash-and-carry arrangement if dues were not settled by month-end.

The sources said SpiceJet has paid another another Rs 15-18 crore which was not accounted for earlier.

As per official figures three months ago, five private airlines, including Kingfisher Airlines which has closed down, have over Rs 350 crore as dues pending towards AAI. The Vijay Mallya-owned airlines owes Rs 186.26 crore.

AAI has taken the litigation route against Kingfisher and Paramount Airways, which has also closed down, for realising its pending dues.

The dues of private carriers are monitored on regular basis and in case of delay, the AAI issues notices to the airlines for their settlement. The AAI also charges penal interest on delays.

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