SpiceJet has dues of Rs 155.49 crore to AAI: Govt

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New Delhi | Published: December 10, 2015 8:18:20 PM

Budget carrier SpiceJet, which survived a shutdown late last year, has defaulted on payments to Airports Authority of India (AAI) towards landing, parking and route navigation charges, among others, and its total dues stand at Rs 155.49 crore, Government informed Lok Sabha today.

SpiceJet, SpiceJet dues, aai, aai SpiceJet, aai SpiceJet dues, govt on SpiceJet dues, spicejet dues to aaiSpiceJet in a statement said that there is no default in payment to AAI since January this year.

Budget carrier SpiceJet, which survived a shutdown late last year, has defaulted on payments to Airports Authority of India (AAI) towards landing, parking and route navigation charges, among others, and its total dues stand at Rs 155.49 crore, Government informed Lok Sabha today.

The (now defunct) Kingfisher Airlines also has dues amounting to Rs 294.57 crore to AAI and its bank guarantee amounting to Rs 100 crore was encashed, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma told Lok Sabha in reply to a question on private airlines’ dues.

“M/s kingfisher Airlines and SpiceJet are in default of payment and the dues are 294.57 (rpt) 294.57 crore and Rs 155.49 (rpt) 155.49 crore,” Sharma said.

Besides, encashing the bank guarantee, “recovery suit (has been) filed in the Bombay High Court for recovery of the balance outstanding dues (of M/s Kingfisher Airlines) of the balance outstanding dues amounting to Rs 294.67 crore,” he said.

“SpiceJet was put on daily remittance (cash-and-carry),” Sharma said.

The Minister said that AAI has collected a total of Rs 6928.97 crore from the six private airlines (including the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines) between April 2012 and October 2015 towards various charges as against total billing of Rs 7011.30 crore during this period.

The AAI had collected Rs 45.36 crore and Rs 0.50 crore from (now defunct) Kingfisher Airlines in fiscal 2012-13 and fiscal 2013-14.

He said AAI levies charges such as Route Navigation Facility Charges, Terminal Navigation and Landing Charges, Landing, parking, housing, counter, cargo, CUTE, space rent, licence fee, among others, uniformly from all airlines.

For timely recovery of dues, Sharma said, the AAI takes actions such as regular monitoring of dues, notices to airlines to settle dues in case of delay, charging penal interest on account of delay in settling dues and en-cashing of bank guarantee in case of default as well as putting the airline on cash-and-carry basis.

Meanwhile, SpiceJet in a statement said that there is no default in payment to AAI since January this year.

“There is no default in payment to AAI since January 2015. SpiceJet has been making regular payments to AAI as per agreed payment terms between SpiceJet and AAI,” the airline said in the statement.

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