Saturday, January 19, 2013

Raise limit of liquor allowance for air passengers: Assocham

New Delhi: Aimed at making Indian airport hubs more ‘happening’, Assocham has written to the Government to consider increasing the limit of liquor allowance to four litres a passenger.
In a letter to Finance Minister P Chidambaram, the industry body said that this would stimulate industry buying on international arrivals. Pointing out that many countries had higher duty-free quota for travellers, the chamber said the enhanced limit would add approximately Rs 300 crore to the exchequer.
India currently allows two litres of liquor purchase at international airports. Compare this with Dubai Airport, which allows a passenger to carry four litres, provided the buying is done at the airport, while Singapore, Sri Lanka and the European Union permit three litres, 4.5 litres and four litres, respectively.
According to data by Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), liquor accounts for 63 per cent of total sales across airports compared with 17 per cent globally.
18/01/12 KR Srivats/Bindu Menon/Business Line