Mumbai: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has served a notice to Ajay Singh-controlled budget carrier SpiceJet, asking it to pay Rs 20 crore by 30 November to partially clear its dues, an AAI source said.
The authority claims the airline's dues have crossed the 80 percent threshold of its security deposit. As per the AAI norms, all the carriers are supposed to keep their dues within 80 percent of their security deposit with the state-run aerodrome operator.
SpiceJet's outstanding towards landing, parking and route navigation charges currently stands at Rs 117 crore, against its security deposit of Rs 104 crore, the source said. "We have sent a notice to SpiceJet yesterday (Tuesday) to pay Rs 20 crore by November 30 to bring down their dues at par with the 80 percent threshold of the security deposit," the source said.
When contacted, a SpiceJet spokesperson said that payments to AAI and other vendors are being made by the airline as per the schedule. "We remain firmly committed to all our obligations," the spokesperson said.
In a regulatory filing, the airline reiterated its comments saying, "...it is making its payments as per stipulated timelines and we stand committed to all our contractual obligations."
The Gurugram-based no-frills airline, which operates an average 446 flights daily to 57 destinations, reported a net loss of Rs 389.37 crore for the September quarter on surge in fuel costs and forex losses. The company had posted a net profit of Rs 105.27 crore in the same period of last fiscal.
Besides, the airline has also been told to pay at least Rs 2.5 crore against its per-day billing for faster clearance of its dues, the AAI source said. If the carrier fails to pay Rs 20 crore by the stipulated deadline, the AAI may increase the payment amount against its billing to Rs 3.5 crore, the source added.
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Updated Date: Nov 29, 2018 08:01:20 IST