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Delhi airport charges not highest: Operator

Operator of Indira Gandhi International airport —DIAL — has contended that airport charges are not the highest in the world, as claimed by IATA, in any segment except for the long-haul international flights in wide-body planes.

delhi Updated: Jun 15, 2012 00:36 IST

Operator of Indira Gandhi International airport —DIAL — has contended that airport charges are not the highest in the world, as claimed by IATA, in any segment except for the long-haul international flights in wide-body planes.

The GMR-led Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) objected to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) statement that after revision of airport charges by the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA), Delhi airport has become the world’s costliest.

The AERA had approved DIAL an increase of 345% in airport charges effective May 15, a move criticised by airlines and passengers.

In April, Albert Tjoeng, assistant director, corporate communications, Asia Pacific, IATA, said this 345% increase in the charges will make Delhi the world’s most expensive airport.

In a letter to IATA CEO Tony Tyler, DIAL chief finance officer Siddhartha Kapur said, “We do not agree with this statement as it doesn’t reflect the actual state of affairs.”

Quoting the report of consultancy firm LeighFisher India Pvt Ltd, formerly known as Jacobs Consultancy, he said that charges for domestic passengers at the Delhi airport, after the fee revision, continue to be the lowest among competitors across the globe.

He said charges of Indian airports were not increased in the past 10 years, except by a nominal 10 per cent in 2009, and were “historically low” and same for every airport in the country.