“We are taking details of space occupied by Jet inside terminal building and on airside. And what all equipment they have there. We are taking an inventory of what all they are occupying in airside and terminal side. Then we will decide about their vacating the place. We will try to close the account,” said Mohapatra.
Jet had reportedly been paying AAI dues in time over the almost 26 years it operated. Given that long relationship, the authority feels it is better to close Jet account and not charge them as they are not operating as of now.
Jet Airways suspended operations on April 17. As of now there is no clarity if the airline will revive. The move may actually help Jet if it revives. AAI will stop billing Jet once the exercise is complete and the grounded carrier will not keep getting dues mounted on it for continued occupation of valuable airport space, both inside terminals and at airside.
While aircraft are the most visible symbol of a grounded airline, there are hundreds of other items on airside like buses which once ferried passengers between terminal and aircraft, stepladders and vehicles. Terminal side has officer furniture and computers.
A number of aircraft that once flew for Jet are now being operated by SpiceJet and other airlines are also planning to do that. Similarly, Jet’s pilots, cabin crew and many other employees have been hired by other airlines.
News credit : Indiatimes