Mumbai/New Delhi . In an application filed by the Business Aircrafts Operators Association (BAOA), the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Appellate Tribunal (the Appellate Tribunal) has stayed the unilateral and exorbitant penal parking charges imposed by Mumbai International Airport Private Limited (MIAL) for General Aviation aircrafts in Mumbai.
This incidentally happens to be the first ever application before the Appellate Tribunal invoking its original jurisdiction.
Poor infrastructure, lack of any planning for the future and tough economic conditions are already hampering the growth of general aviation industry in India. In the absence of any road map to address the growing concerns on infrastructure and other facilities for the general aviation industry, MIAL decided to unilaterally increase and impose parking charges, 50 times higher than the usual hourly parking charges on the general aviation aircrafts in Mumbai.
Also, MIAL unilaterally decided to levy and impose exorbitant parking charges from 1st July 2012, without seeking any approval and sanction from the Regulator, the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA), constituted under the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Act, 2008.
Accordingly, BAOA filed its application before the Appellate Tribunal and sought urgent interim relief.
The case will come for hearing before a Mumbai court early January 2013.
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