The total outstanding dues of major domestic airlines to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) as of January 1 stand at Rs 137.16 crore, CNBC-TV18 has learnt. AAI charges airlines for using air navigation services, landing, parking among other facilities.
The highest pending dues are of SpiceJet and GoAir at Rs 33.74 crore and Rs 33.13 crore, respectively, sources said. While SpiceJet is making daily payment of Rs 60 lakh to settle the outstanding amount, GoAir made the latest payment to settle dues on November 25 of Rs 90 lakh.
GoAir and SpiceJet have been on cash and carry mode since August 11 and August 1, respectively.
It is important to note that GoAir had submitted a two-step plan to settle dues whereby it was to start making regular payments since October 2020 but it seems like that has been delayed a bit, sources said.
In fact, both GoAir and Alliance Air have not been making any payments to AAI to settle the pending dues. For Alliance Air, the regional arm of Air India, the total dues stand at Rs 12.22 crore, of which Rs 10.14 crore are dues up to June 2020 and Rs 2.08 crore are for the period with effect from July 2020.
AirAsia India is believed to have settled its dues up to June 2020 and its current dues to AAI stand at Rs 4.09 crore.