"The sudden increase in India’s air navigation services (ANS) charges is disappointing, especially since it is being done with just a day’s notice and when the global aviation industry is facing the biggest crisis in its history. Furthermore, implementing a differential increase in charges for domestic and international airlines goes against International Civil Aviation Organisation's principles that call for charges to be 'equitable' and 'non-discriminatory', said an International Air Transport Association (IATA) spokesperson.
Senior executives in AAI
have defended the hike, saying it is nominal. The rate hike will be done in two phases The first phase of rate hike will be for 5years till 2025 and rates will be hiked by another 3.5-4 per cent for next five year period.
is itself facing a financial crisis and is projected to report its first annual loss in FY2021. The increase in charges will help the authority recover costs of the investments made in last few years, officials said.
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