Monday, September 07, 2009

AAI denies extra slot to Kingfisher, asks it to pay dues

New Delhi: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has refused to allot additional space at Kolkata airport to Vijay Mallya-led Kinfisher Airlines, asking it to first pay dues totalling Rs 174 crore (till July 2009).
The airline owes the amount to AAI towards airport charges, landing and parking fees, among others. Kingfisher’s dues are the highest among other domestic airlines. Jet Airways — country’s largest private carrier — owes about Rs 30 crore to AAI.
“We are not going to allot any additional space to Kingfisher until they clear all their dues. It owes us the most. Overall, private carriers have an outstanding bill of about Rs 272 crore, Kingfisher alone has to pay Rs 174 crore,” a senior AAI official, who did not wish to be named, told Financial Chronicle.
AAI has already sent a letter to the airline, expressing its unwillingness to give it extra slots. “We have already told them about it. If they (Kingfisher) agree and make some payments in this regard, then only will we consider their requirements,” the official said.
When contacted, a Kingfisher official refused to comment on the issue.
06/09/09 Parul Chhaparia/
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