After showing reluctance to move into the new terminal building due to high charges of software and data system, airlines operating out of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) airport are opposing the new charges that have been imposed on them.
The charges have not been implemented till date but would be implemented once the airlines shift to the new terminal building and start operating flights from there.
According to sources the airlines have complained to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) officials that the revised price is too high. In protest the Airport Operators Committee (AOC) had written a letter to the AAI requesting the organisation to reconsider the rates.
“Overall there has been a rise in all rates. For example rentals of ticketing counters have gone up by 125%, charges of housing and parking have gone up by 80% and so on,” Sarvesh Gupta, chairman of Airport Operators Committee, said.
In addition the landing charges have also gone up. In case of domestic sector flights, the landing charges have gone up by 48% and the landing charges have gone up by 115% in case of international flights,” Gupta said. The yield at Kolkata airport is low and along with it Kolkata is a price-sensitive market.
Though the revised higher rentals are lower when compared to Mumbai and Delhi, the rentals and charges are pretty high when compared to the existing charges in Kolkata, said Gupta.
After sending a letter the AOC had a meeting with AAI officials recently where the AOC has requested the AAI to revise the rentals and charges. The AOC had written letters to the AAI earlier regarding the same issue.
“We hope the AAI would consider the request and work out something, which would be accepted by all airlines,” Gupta said. The AOC chairman also said that the airlines have no problem with the new rentals of the offices that all airlines would have in the new terminal building.
Sources said that since traffic in Kolkata is less that at other international airports in the country, the higher rates in Kolkata area is a serious concern for the airlines operating from Kolkata.