The board represents airlines operating on international routes to/from India and wants 30 per cent reduction in aeronautical charges for six months.
"These charges if revised downwards would assist the airlines in continuing existing operations at lower seat factors," Borade said. Airlines pay airports for landing and parking of planes, use of aerobridges among others.
Meanwhile, members of various travel and tourism bodies met tourism minister Pralhad Singh Patel on Monday demanding goods and service tax holiday, moratorium on loan repayments, interest tax reduction, removal of fees for licence and permit renewals among others. The travel bodies also want governement to roll back budget proposal to collect five per cent income tax on those booking foreign trips.
" We have requested for a bailout package as the tourism industry
is facing a crisis. Many travel agents don't have money to pay salaries and loan instalments. The government has assured that they will review our demands," said Subhash Goyal, chairman of Stic Travel Group.