Thursday, December 01, 2016

UDAN scheme Rs 8500 levy: Indigo, GoAir, SpiceJet, Jet, others take Centre to Delhi High Court

The Central government’s plan to create a fund under the UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) scheme by levying Rs 7500 to Rs 8500 per flight operated by Indian airlines; to develop airports in smaller towns and cities, was challenged in the Delhi High Court today when the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) filed a petition so as to know the government’s stand on the matter.
A notice was issued to Ministry of Civil Aviation, Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) by a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal who sought their replies by December 21; as the levy will be chargable from December 1. Meanwhile, the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) explains that the scheme allows them to pass on the levy to the passengers, which they regret imposing as it is not a fee for which their airlines are rendering services to the passengers.
The FIA represents air carriers like Indigo, GoAir, SpiceJet and Jet Airways, have sought suppressing of the October 21 notification and the November 9 orders that declared the rates of levy and the categories of the scheduled flights on which they would be imposed.
30/11/16 The Financial Express
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