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Aviation body asks govt to reduce taxes

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 26, 2013
First Published: 22:45 IST(26/3/2013) | Last Updated: 22:47 IST(26/3/2013)

The International Air Transport Association has (IATA) has asked the government to improve infrastructure and cut costs and "excessive" taxation on aviation.

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"The call was not for special favours or preferential treatment. But for a coordinated policy framework that would facilitate growth," IATA director general Tony Tyler said addressing a CII conference on aviation. Speaking on the sidelines, SpiceJet CEO Neil Mills said the Competition Commission of India had ruled the Centre could not regulate airfares.

Aviation minister Ajit Singh said the government was considering giving management control of Kolkata and Chennai airports to global operators through a competitive bidding process. He added that India was likely to become the third largest aviation market by 2020.


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