At present, landing charges in Mumbai are the same as landing charges in Amritsar. Charges, however, vary as per the weight of the aircraft used. According to industry experts, landing and navigation charges alone account for around 7-9% of the total operation cost of domestic airlines.
The announcement assumes significance with the government having already initiated the process of revamping the countrys 30 non-metro airports with an earmarked investment of Rs 5,000 crore. Of these, an initial report on 10 airports has been prepared and a technical and economic evaluation will commence soon.
Additionally, work on at least three non-metro projects including Ahmedabad and Srinagar has already started. Mr Prasad ruled out any changes in the route dispersal norms.