The non-aeronautical revenue of GMR-led joint venture Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has increased 300 times in the last five years, and so has the revenue of Airports Authority of India (AAI).
"There has been a steady increase in non-aero revenues of DIAL, and hence increase in the revenue share of AAI, year over year from Rs 323 crore in 2006-07 to Rs 797 crore in 2010-11 and estimated to be Rs 1,052 crore in the current financial year 2011-12, registering a growth of more than 300 per cent in the last five years," a senior DIAL official said.
Dismissing charges that the joint venture operations at Delhi airport was leading to revenue loss to the state-run AAI, he said that under the Operational, Management and Development Agreement between the AAI and DIAL, the former is entitled to get 46 per cent of DIAL's total revenue.
Maintaining that the total cost of project of constructing the swanky new steel and glass Terminal-3 building was USD 2.8 billion, he refuted reports that DIAL had overshot the budget by over USD two billion (Rs 8,955 crore).
The official said the budget cannot overshoot by such a whopping amount as DIAL's Board of Directors, which approves any increase in the project cost, also include nominees of the AAI and the Civil Aviation ministry.