New Delhi airport charges to impact growth


British Airways (BA) has advised that the recent hike in Delhi airport charges has made it challenging for airlines to invest in their network and services in the country.

According to the airline the airport regulator has given the green light to a 346 percent increase in Delhi airport charges, the Hindustan Times reported.

British Airways regional commercial manager for South Asia Christopher Fordyce said after the United Kingdom, India is their second key market.

"In an already difficult economic environment for airlines, any increase in costs will have a direct impact on future growth," Mr Fordyce said.

"We at BA constantly review our operations across the world to ensure that operating on any route makes viable business sense, and increasing costs to such levels will bring India into sharp focus.”

Mr Fordyce said that IGA, the parent company of BA was not interested in buying any Indian airlines at the moment.

"The process to allow foreign airlines to invest in Indian carriers has not yet been fully approved so it would be wrong to speculate about IAG’s interest in any Indian airlines at this stage. We are not discussing with any one," Mr Fordyce said.

British Airways has been viewed as a potential investor in Kingfisher Airlines if the government agrees to investment by foreign airlines.

"BA continues to work closely with KFA and are looking forward to reinstating the codeshare and welcoming them into oneworld at the appropriate time," Mr Fordyce said.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P
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