Thursday, December 26, 2019

Increase duty-free liquor quota: Airport operators

New Delhi: Private airport operators in the country have proposed to double the quantity of liquor a person can buy from duty free shops to four litres, on a par with countries like Thailand, Singapore and Dubai. In its proposal for Budget 2020-21, Association of Private Airport Operators (APAO) has said that sizeable business at duty free operations in South East Asia/Middle East region is through tourists that originate in India.
Further, Indian passengers purchase duty free goods outside India depriving opportunity to Indian duty free business. “Liquor allowance given in India is not at a par with liquor allowance in neighbouring countries/Asia Pacific countries,” the airports body has written to government ahead of Budget.
The APAO claimed that benefit of enhanced revenue will help airports bring down cost thereby passing the benefit of reduced cost to passengers.
26/12/19 IANS/Economic Times
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