Air Asia agrees to pay outstanding dues to TIA

8th Mar, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Mar 08: Air Asia has agreed to pay its outstanding dues for utilizing the services of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) after facing the possibility of flight ban to Nepal. It maintains its permission to continue flights to Nepal with its commitment to pay the dues.

Airport authorities informed that Air Asia owes around Rs 270 million to TIA, which includes service charges, interest as well as fines. After the airlines failed to clear the dues by the end of February as per its written commitment made on January 8, the airport authorities had extended the deadline by six days till March 6. The airport authorities had warned the airlines to stop flights to Nepal if it failed to clear the dues by the given deadline.

However, officials of the airlines visited Nepal on the last date and signed an agreement with TIA officials as well as officials of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) pledging to pay the dues, according to TIA General Manager Raj Kumar Chhetri.

Earlier, officials of Air Asia had written a reply to TIA stating that it did not own any outstanding bills to Nepal. The airlines sent its officials to Nepal afterwards to clear the misunderstanding. After learning about the outstanding amount, they agreed to clear the bills, said Chhetri.

“The Malaysia-based head office of Air Asia was not aware about the outstanding bills. They sent their officials here after we handed them the bills. They have returned back to Malaysia on Tuesday, March promising to send auditors,” said Chhetri.