Airline operators still dubious towards paying dues to TIA

Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) has warned domestic and international airline companies to pay their dues.  International and domestic airlines companies are hesitating to pay millions of rupees to TIA.

After the government warned to take action, some of the airlines companies who were struggling to pay due have started paying bulk money whereas on the other hand some airlines are still yet pay.

General Manager for TIA Mr. Raj Kumar Chettri stated that the air service permit will be terminated if the airlines don’t pay their dues. Various International and domestic airlines operating recently, have to pay more than Rs 60 million.

According to the source, the authority has given time of February 28 (Falgun 16) to Air Asia X to pay the dues. Air Asia has to pay the highest amount to TIA among the other international airlines. The preparation has been made to ban the air services of Air Asia if failed to pay the dues within the deadline.

Last month, the Air Asia had paid more than Rs 2 million. Air Asia conducts five flights per week in Kathmandu. There are many renowned air companies, including Thai Airways, Malaysian Airlines, China Eastern Airlines etc, who are left to pay the airport fees. National flag carrier Nepal Airlines also has a hefty amount of dues.

Saurya Airlines and Simrik airlines dues are the highest among the domestic airlines.

The airport takes charge of development fees, landing and parking fees, air transport, security fees, office operating rooms, counters, hoarding boards, storage. According to the Airport Service Charge Regulation Rules 2067, there is a provision of 3% exemption fee after 7 days issued and 5% penalty will be taken from 30 days to 45 days. If the airlines fails to pay the dues within the time limit, the penalty has been arranged accordingly.

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