Exclusive - FIA drags Airport Authority of India to court
FIA has filed a case in Chennai and Kolkata High Courts against AAI for denying private carriers ground handling operations
New Delhi: Even as the Narendra Modi government is trying to improve ease of doing business, state-own entities are increasingly putting up more road blocks for private players.
Sources told Bloomberg TV India that the Airport Authority of India has denied ground handling operations by private players in Kolkata and Chennai airports .Earlier, the Chandigarh airport prohibited private players in ground handling operations.
The Federation of Indian Airlines has moved the Chennai and Kolkata High Courts against the AAI decision of prohibiting private airliners from undertaking ground handling on their own at the respective airports.
The FIA quoted the Supreme Court judgment of 2011 following which airlines were permitted to undertake their own ground handling at metro airports. The FIA has representatives from most Indian carriers.
Further, FIA argues that the rule imposed by the AAI would only increase the turnaround time for airlines as they would be at the mercy of a third party handling ground work. The delay in turnaround time for aircrafts will only increase costs for the airline and hence affect revenues, industry officials said.