Indian airports may allow flyers to buy 4 litres of liquor
Ahead of Budget 2021, the Association of Private Airport Operators (APAO) has called for more liquor allowance and doubling of baggage allowance
Private airport operators have requested the government to increase the existing liquor-buying quota from two litres to four litres.
Ahead of Budget 2021, the Association of Private Airport Operators (APAO) has called for more liquor allowance and doubling of baggage allowance.
“Liquor allowance given in India is not at par with liquor allowance in neighbouring countries/Asia Pacific countries. Sizeable business at duty-free operation in Southeast Asia/Middle East region is through tourists that originate from India. Indian passengers purchase duty-free goods outside India, depriving opportunity to India’s duty-free business,” the memorandum of APAO, whose members are the public-private partnership (PPP) airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Cochin, and greenfield airports coming up in Navi Mumbai and Mopa in Goa, said.
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“Baggage allowance should be increased subject to the condition that additional allowance subject to purchase is from a duty-free shop in India,” the memorandum said.
Airports have also backed the demand to rationalise aviation turbine fuel (ATF) prices.
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“ATF is a very big cost of operation of the airline industry and tax on this cost without input credit increases the cost of operation. Sooner ATF is subsumed into GST (goods and services tax), better it is for the industry as it reduces the overall air travel cost with the benefit of input credit of tax on ATF and ultimately making air travel more affordable,” the APAO memo said.