Friday, July 07, 2017

Decide on lower charges at IGI in two months: SC

New Delhi: Flyers may soon get relief from paying higher charges and airfares as Supreme Court has directed for resolving the issue of implementing lower tariffs within two months. Passengers have been forced to pay charges more than the tariffs fixed by a government-appointed agency at IGI Airport for over three years.
"We are of the opinion that since fresh tariff order has already come into force, and ultimately the amount is also recovered from passengers at Delhi airport, this direction calls for interference. Let Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Appellate Tribunal (AERAAT) decide the appeal filed by the respondent (DIAL) within a period two months from today," a Bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Amitava Roy ordered on Monday in a petition filed by Air India against DIAL.
Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) had in December 2015 slashed Delhi airport charges by a steep 96% for the period April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2019 (called second control period). This should have resulted in a sharp drop in airline charges, thereby significantly lowering fares. But DIAL continues to charge the higher tariff that AERA had approved for April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2014 (first control period) by taking legal recourse for not implementing the lower tariff order.
"The Supreme Court has directed implementation of the second tariff order dated December 8, 2015. SC has also directed the appellate tribunal to decide the tariff appeals filed by the company, preferably within two months from the date of the order. DIAL will work expeditiously with the appellate tribunal to reach a fair and positive outcome," said a DIAL spokesperson.
07/07/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India