Landing at non-metro airports to be cheaper

New Delhi, Nov 14 | Updated: Nov 15 2005, 06:38am hrs
In what could bring considerable savings to low-cost carriers and also reduce traffic on congested airport hubs, the civil aviation ministry plans to give some concessions on landing and parking charges to airlines at non-metro airports, civil aviation secretary Ajay Prasad told FE.

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.