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Bangalore airport to offer sops to new airlines

Bangalore airport has decided to offer sops to new airlines. Bangalore International Airport Ltd., which runs the airport, has crafted a new definition for what will be called a home carrier for the airport and got it cleared by the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) on June 10, 2014.

The new move is being seen as a way of benefiting budget airline, AirAsia India Pvt. Ltd., which launched operations this month with a flight to Goa from Bengaluru, as per a report by Tarun Shukla in Mint. Given that AirAsia India has stationed its first aircraft, an Airbus A320, at Bangalore airport and may do so with the next aircraft too and possibly shift its operations to the city from Chennai, it may meet the requirements specified by the airport operator.

A home carrier will get a 50 per cent discount on landing and housing charges and fees will be waived for night parking. A government official said the move had been approved because it was the first time any airport operator had come up with such a proposal. Every sop given to any airline has to be cleared in the tariff card, which has to be AERA-approved. Secondly, it is not as if it’s being done exclusively for AirAsia India. Other airlines that meet the criteria can also take advantage of the incentives, the official said.