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AI owes Rs 450 cr to GMR airports

Air India and Kingfisher Airlines jointly owe about Rs 525 crore to GMR-operated airports.

New Delhi | Published: April 10, 2012 3:35:14 pm

Air India and Kingfisher Airlines jointly owe about Rs 525 crore to GMR-operated airports in Delhi and Hyderabad on account of various airport charges,which was ‘severely’ affecting on the operations of these airports,a top DIAL officer said.

While Air India owes Rs 450 crore,beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines has unpaid dues of Rs 75 crore and both carriers have been put on the cash-and-carry mode of payment.

“Air India has a due of around Rs 450 crore,but we are not getting any payments from them,” Sidharath Kapur,DIAL’s (Delhi International Airports Limited) Chief Financial Officer,told reporters.

He said cash-strapped Kingfisher was operating flights from Delhi and Hyderabad airports,both operated by GMR-led consortia,by making regular cash and carry payments,though there was no bank guarantee on its behalf.

“The Air India dues,which are high,are severely impacting the airport operations. We are not getting regular payments from Air India,which is also on cash-and-carry arrangement. We want to resolve the issue in consultation with the government.

“We expect that Air India and the government should immediately make a payment of some lumpsum amount so that we don’t get sick,” he said,adding DIAL is likely to suffer a loss of around Rs 900-1,000 crore in this financial year.

He said these losses were primarily due to the delay in fixation of airport tariff by the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA).

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