Thursday, May 02, 2019

AAI takes stock of space occupied by Jet Airways at airports

New Delhi: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has started taking inventory of the space occupied by Jet Airways at airports across the country. AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra told TOI, stock-taking of Jet’s equipment both on airside and in terminals is being done. Once this exercise is complete, the airline will be asked to vacate the space and the same will be given back to it if it revives or to other carriers. AAI feels when the airline is not operational, why should it occupy space.

“We are taking details of space occupied by Jet inside terminal building and on airside. And what all equipment they have there. We are taking an inventory of what all they are occupying in airside and terminal side. Then we will decide about their vacating the place. We will try to close the account,” said Mohapatra.

Jet had reportedly been paying AAI dues in time over the almost 26 years it operated. Given that long relationship, the authority feels it is better to close Jet account and not charge them as they are not operating as of now.

Jet Airways suspended operations on April 17. As of now there is no clarity if the airline will revive. The move may actually help Jet if it revives. AAI will stop billing Jet once the exercise is complete and the grounded carrier will not keep getting dues mounted on it for continued occupation of valuable airport space, both inside terminals and at airside.
02/05/19 Sauabh Sinha/Times of India

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