India needed to bring down high airport charges and reduce fuel costs, said Tony Tyler, director general and chief executive, International Air Transport Association (IATA) to the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). “The high cost of doing aviation business in India is squeezing the lifeblood out of the airline sector. India’s airports are becoming increasingly expensive.”
It was time, said Tyler, for a “grand plan to build India’s aviation future and thereby strengthen the Indian economy. To do that, we need an ‘India Inc.’ approach that addresses the crippling issues of high costs, exorbitant taxes and insufficient infrastructure”.