DELHI: The Ministry of Civil Aviation has asked the Ministry of Finance to postpone the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July 1 to September 1 as some domestic airlines, including national carrier Air India, have expressed their inability to switch to a new tax regime soon.
“We have asked the Finance Ministry to give further time for implementation of GST, expressing the airlines’ view that effecting a change in the global ticketing system would require time,” said a senior Aviation Ministry official, on condition of anonymity, reports The Hindu.
The Aviation Ministry told the Finance Ministry that full-service airlines, Jet Airways and Air India, rely on global distribution systems (GDS) software for booking tickets through travel agents and it would require key changes in the system to include GST.
“Although some airlines demanded eight-nine months to switch to the new GST regime, we have asked the Finance Ministry to postpone the rollout till September 1 at least,” the Aviation Ministry official said, adding that the letter was written by the Ministry to Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia on Monday.
The Finance Ministry had on Wednesday scotched all speculation about any shift in the GST implementation date and had asserted that the new indirect tax system would indeed be implemented from July 1.
In its letter to Mr. Adhia, the Aviation Ministry has recommended four changes in the GST regime that impact the industry.