AERA to decide on tariff hike by January 31

The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) has been directed to take a call on private airport operators` demand for a tariff hike by January 31 next year.

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2011, 13:45 PM IST

New Delhi: The Airports Economic Regulatory
Authority (AERA) has been directed to take a call on private
airport operators` demand for a tariff hike by January 31 next
year.

The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Appellate
Tribunal directed the AERA to take a decision in this regard.

"Time granted to respondent (AERA) to do the needful in
this is extended to January 31," said a three-member bench of
the tribunal, headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat.

During the proceedings, senior advocate Atul Nanda,
representing the AERA, assured the tribunal that the regulator
would take a decision on the issue of fixation of tariffs, as
demanded by airport operators, by January 31.

The tribunal`s directive came in response to a clutch of
petitions filed by private airport operators in Delhi, Mumbai,
Bangalore, Cochin and Hyderabad, who have requested the
regulator to consider their plea for a hike in tariff.

Presently, AERA is seeking the views of all airport users,
including airlines, on the multi-year tariff proposals of DIAL
and MIAL to hike airport charges by 500-600 per cent.

A hike in airport charges has been overdue since 2001, but
it would depend on the Civil Aviation Ministry`s policies, an
AERA decision and the views of key stakeholders, including the
airlines and passenger associations, whose views were being
sought.

PTI