News

Aviation sector asks govt to slash taxes on jet fuel

PTI New Delhi | Updated on July 02, 2014 Published on June 10, 2014

Indian aviation industry on Tuesday asked the government to slash taxes on jet fuel, exempt aircraft engines from customs duty and rationalise taxation of MROs, as the BJP-led dispensation prepared for the general budget for 2014—15.

Senior airline, MRO (Maintenance, Repairs and Overhaul) and other aviation industry officials made their case on these and other issues at a pre-budget meeting with Civil Aviation Secretary Ashok Lavasa here, industry sources said. A similar meeting was convened by DGCA chief Prabhat Kumar yesterday.

The meetings are apparently in preparation for the Civil Aviation Ministry’s briefing for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the next few days.

Among the major demands was including aviation turbine fuel (ATF) in the ‘declared goods’ category so that sales tax on it comes down to about four per cent from the prevailing rates ranging from 28 to 35 per cent across the country, though some states like Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and West Bengal impose only four per cent.

Airline officials present at today’s meeting said that while ATF was supplied to small aircraft like Bombardier’s Q-400s or turboprop ATRs as ‘declared good’ and charged around five per cent tax, larger aircraft weighing over 40,000 kg were levied up to 35 per cent sales tax.

Jet fuel constitutes about 40-45 per cent of the total cost of an airline.

The airlines also sought exemption of aircraft engines from customs duty, the officials said, adding that the exemption which was withdrawn in 2012 should be reinstated.

The government should either put ATF in the ‘declared goods’ category or reduce excise duty on it from 8-10 per cent to zero, Aeronautical Society of India’s council member, Debashish Saha, who was part of industry delegations, suggested.

Published on June 10, 2014

A letter from the Editor


Dear Readers,

The coronavirus crisis has changed the world completely in the last few months. All of us have been locked into our homes, economic activity has come to a near standstill. Everyone has been impacted.

Including your favourite business and financial newspaper. Our printing and distribution chains have been severely disrupted across the country, leaving readers without access to newspapers. Newspaper delivery agents have also been unable to service their customers because of multiple restrictions.

In these difficult times, we, at BusinessLine have been working continuously every day so that you are informed about all the developments – whether on the pandemic, on policy responses, or the impact on the world of business and finance. Our team has been working round the clock to keep track of developments so that you – the reader – gets accurate information and actionable insights so that you can protect your jobs, businesses, finances and investments.

We are trying our best to ensure the newspaper reaches your hands every day. We have also ensured that even if your paper is not delivered, you can access BusinessLine in the e-paper format – just as it appears in print. Our website and apps too, are updated every minute, so that you can access the information you want anywhere, anytime.

But all this comes at a heavy cost. As you are aware, the lockdowns have wiped out almost all our entire revenue stream. Sustaining our quality journalism has become extremely challenging. That we have managed so far is thanks to your support. I thank all our subscribers – print and digital – for your support.

I appeal to all or readers to help us navigate these challenging times and help sustain one of the truly independent and credible voices in the world of Indian journalism. Doing so is easy. You can help us enormously simply by subscribing to our digital or e-paper editions. We offer several affordable subscription plans for our website, which includes Portfolio, our investment advisory section that offers rich investment advice from our highly qualified, in-house Research Bureau, the only such team in the Indian newspaper industry.

A little help from you can make a huge difference to the cause of quality journalism!

Support Quality Journalism
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor
You have read 1 out of 3 free articles for this week. For full access, please subscribe and get unlimited access to all sections.