No airport yet, but Navi Mumbai operator to be charged a fee


By Mihir Mishra, ET Bureau

The developer and operator of the proposed Navi Mumbai airport will be charged an ‘annual concession fee’ even before the airport starts operations, the first instance of such a levy in airport projects in the country.

The civil aviation ministry has cleared the proposal for building the airport and the request for proposal is likely to be issued by January 15. As per the new deadline, the airport is likely to start operations from October 2019.

This decision was taken in a meeting chaired by aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Wednesday, officials said.

The fee will range from Rs 5 crore in the first year to Rs 1,250 crore a year from the 40th year of operations. More info