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Aviation operators ask for lower surcharge rates

  • Published at 10:55 pm September 13th, 2021
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Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Currently the surcharge rate is 6% monthly

The Aviation Operators Association of Bangladesh (AOAB) has demanded that the government fix the surcharge at a reasonable rate by cancelling the monthly rate of 6% (annually 72%) imposed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB).

The organization sent a letter to the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism in this regard on Sunday. 

According to the AOAB, four airlines of the country owes CAAB Tk5,322 crore as landing charge, air navigation and embarkation charges.

Of the total arrear, the original amount of debt is Tk1,170 crore and the remaining Tk4,152 crore was accumulated due to the surcharge imposed on the main amount of debt.

The AOAB has urged the government to reduce the annual surcharge from 72% to 12% in a bid to keep the airlines afloat.

“Many airlines are unable to pay their dues due to excessive surcharges and many airlines went bankrupt due to huge debts,” the letter said.

The AOAB said that the total amount owed by Bangladesh Biman to CAAB is Tk4,315.11 crore. 

Of this, the main amount is Tk920.16 crore and the remaining Tk3,394.94 crore is surcharge and other charges.