As many as 32 airports across the country are currently not in operational conditions. "The centre is trying to put all these non-performing assets (NPAs) into effective utilisation rather than investing afresh. Each airport would require at least Rs. 100 crore for construction." Raju said.
The civil aviation minister said he had written to chief ministers of all states, asking them to reduce VAT tax on jet fuel, which would provide an encouraging environment to all domestic carriers. The lack of unified rate of fuel tax in all the states across the country has caused a problem on cargo operations. "The major operational cost 45 percent is fuel and tax problem is there," [sic] Raju added.
Speaking about connectivity to West Asian countries, especially from Kerala, Raju said seats, which are reserved under bilateral agreements, remain under-utilised on various carriers. Such seats should be put to use better.
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