Aviation

Delhi airport 230% costlier than Dubai for AI’s B777

MUMBAI

An Air India Ltd Boeing B777 long-range aircraft landing at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport airport pays as much as Rs.293,908 in airport charges, more than thrice the amount it pays in Dubai, showing the wide disparity in rates.

The debt-laden Air India uses the Delhi airport as its hub for international operations. Delhi International Airport Pvt. Ltd (DIAL), the company that manages the airport, is owned by the GMR Group. Indian airports continue to be among costliest airports in the world, a rate card chart of state-run airline Air India showed.

The chart shows Air India has to pay 87% more to land a Boeing B787 Dreamliner in Delhi, compared with an airport in Singapore. For a Boeing B777ER (extra range) aircraft, Delhi is 230% costlier than Dubai.

Mint sourced the rate card in the backdrop of India’s airport tariff regulator Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (Aera) proposing earlier this month a sharp reduction in airport charges at the Delhi airport for the 2014-19 period, against the wishes of DIAL which had sought a hike. These charges are passed on by the airport to the airlines to the travellers.

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