AirAsiaX, Malaysian low-cost airline company sent written notice to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) announcing to halt its scheduled flights between Malaysia and Nepal from October month, 2018.
The carrier has reached in a conclusion to suspend flight operation for almost 1 year because of a shortage of air passengers.
AirAsiaX has been conducting regular flights with its 274 seat capacity Airbus 330 aircraft. The airline has revealed that despite lack of passengers, the carrier has been conducting 4 flights weekly with 55 passengers in the present. However, the carrier has informed in the letter that the carrier can resume its operation in the upcoming years if the number of passengers increases.
Previously, AirAsiaX and TIA had a controversial case in the subject of pending air services charge. TIA officials claimed that AirAsiaX is still left to pay pending TIA charge of nearly Rs 20 crore. Though TIA warned AirAsia to cease its operation several times, however, the carrier falls behind to pay the pending charges repeatedly.
The TIA officials dubiously stated that failing in payment of TIA dues maybe the definite cause of halting its operation. However, TIA has been considering AirAsiaX for a long time. The authority will take concrete action if the airline fails to clear all dues in time again.
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.