Malaysian-based low-cost carrier Air Asia X has again begun to hesitate to clear the pending airport service fee to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
According to the agreement signed between TIA and Air Asia, the airline required to pay the amount in the first week of March.
Sanjeev Gautam, Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) reported that Air Asia has refused to pay the compensation after submitting the agreement. In the agreement, Air Asia agreed to pay 40 per cent of the total amount in April by keeping 25 million bank guarantee whereas the remaining 27 million was agreed to pay in May, June and July.
As reported by Sanjeev Gautam, Air Asia has not yet kept bank guarantee. ‘Air Asia is repeatedly hesitating so, CAAN will help to collect the amount for TIA form Air Asia,” he added.
TIA agreed to extend the deadline till mid-November at the first phase however the authority added 24 days to the time even after not enrolling the amount at the time. Air Asia sent a written proposal committing to pay all the bills in February 28. The head office of TIA had tele-communicated with Air Asia’s office after the airlines failed to pay the due at committed time.
After a while, Air Asia claimed that there was no due left to pay to TIA. CAAN sent statement about all the details of account worth Rs 27 million left to pay.
As per the information, Air Asia sent two representatives after receiving the statement from CAAN. Two representatives had given written report to verify the accounts in March and starting from April, after filing Rs. 25 million bank guarantee.
However, even when the march is completed, Air Asia did not work according to consensus reported Mr. Sanjeev Gautam.
According to the source, TIA has not approved Air Asia’s Summer Stale (Flight schedule) saying that airport service fee has not been disbursed. Though TIA has right to cease the flight operation of Air Asia X, to avoid the negative messages that can flow to international air sector, TIA has agreed to compromise.