Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Union Budget 2021: Private airport operators demand doubling of duty-free liquor and baggage allowance

Ahead of the 2021 Budget session, a group of private airport operators has called for an increase in the limit of the duty-free liquor and baggage allowed for the passengers to carry at domestic airports.

The Association of Private Airport Operators (APAO) has released a memorandum underlining its wish-list for the upcoming budget to grow revenue from airport operations. The association comprises members belonging to Public-Private Partnership (PPP) airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Cochin that are already operational as well as the upcoming airports in Navi Mumbai and Mopa in Goa.

The association has demanded that the liquor allowance from duty-free shops in India be increased to four litres per passenger from the existing maximum limit of two litres. The memo highlighted that the liquor allowance given in the country was not on a par with that of neighbouring countries and the Asia Pacific countries.

“Sizable business at duty-free operation in Southeast Asia / Middle East region is through tourists that originate from India. Indian passengers purchase duty-free goods outside India depriving opportunity to India’s duty-free business,” read the APAO memo.

APAO has also sought to double the baggage allowance for duty-free shopping at the domestic airports, to enhance forex earnings. This demand comes with a rider though that the extra baggage should be purchased only from duty-free shops in India.

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