AirAsiaX, Malaysian-based low-cost carrier received forewarning notice from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to clear all the dues before halting its scheduled flights between Malaysia and Nepal from October month, 2018.
Mr.Pratap Tiwari, spokesperson of TIA stated Aviation Nepal that the authority has provided an ultimatum of one week after AirAsiaX overlooked the payment of pending dues frequently. He said that only 5 days are left to meet the deadline however no good response has been received from the airlines.
According to Spokesperson Tiwari, the carrier sent a request letter to TIA’s authority to provide extended time to clear dues. Responding to the letter, the authority has provided the specific time for the last time.
Talking about dues, AirAsia X has left to pay the total amount of Nepalese Rupees 130 million including the penalty, he added.
Previously, the Malaysian-based low-cost carrier paid nearly Rs 230 million after the TIA authority repeatedly asked the airline company to clear the due.
Air Asia has to pay the dues of more than two years, including airport development fees, landing and taking off fee, air transport (communication transport equipment usage) fees, security fees, room counter fees to the airport with the service fee raised by passengers.
According to the rules, the airline companies which fail to dispatch airport service charge within 60 days from the generation of a bill, the airport chief can halt their business whereas, in case of airline operators, the flight will be restricted.
In addition, the authority can blacklist the airline operators if they fail to pay the airport service charge and act beyond the rules, regulations, and agreement of the authority. In such case, the business and airline operators will be restricted to run any businesses at the airport.
TIA issued the public notice in the second week of November 2017 asking all airline companies to pay all due following the instruction of Investigation Committee. TIA collected worth Rs 560 million from two dozen airline companies within the timeframe