AAI to decide on cess issue
THE AMAUSI airport authorities have decided to refer the matter on levy of cess on aircraft landings in village panchayat jurisdictions to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) headquarters in New Delhi for further directions.
The State Cabinet on Thursday had decided to empower nagar nigams, nagar palikas and nagar panchayats to levy cess on aircraft and helicopters landing in their territory. The government has proposed that the cess is to be collected by the AAI.
“As a standard procedure any State-level decision on civil aviation matters are referred to the AAI headquarters for directions. We will await a notification from the State Government on the matter and forward it to the AAI as and when it is received by us”, Ravi Prakash, Amausi Airport director told Hindustan Times.
There are about 700 take offs and landings by aircraft of State-owned airliners (both domestic and international), full-service private carriers, charters, state government fleet, corporate jets, helicopters and the defence forces at the Amausi airport every month.