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Jet, Etihad widen pact ambit

New Delhi, Dec. 11: Jet Airways today said it had expanded its code-sharing agreement with Etihad Airways to the Abu Dhabi-Paris route.

However, both the carriers kept quiet on a stake sale by Jet to Etihad.

Code sharing allows an airline to book its passengers on another carrier, allowing it to offer services to destinations where it has no presence. “As part of the arrangement, Jet Airways will place its code on Etihad’s flight operating out of Abu Dhabi to the Charles de-Gaulle airport in Paris with effect from December 10,” a Jet Airways official said.

Jet and Etihad already have such an arrangement for flights connecting Abu Dhabi to some Indian cities.

Development fee

The civil aviation ministry has decided to slash the airport development fee (ADF) at the Delhi airport by as much as 54 per cent. However, it has also made it clear that it is not going to do away with the fee altogether. From January 1, international passengers will have to pay Rs 600 against Rs 1,300.

Similarly, the Rs 200 paid by domestic passengers will be halved. Airport operators charge this fee to meet the gap between the cost of airport development and their actual investments.

The civil aviation ministry said it had agreed to the suggestion of the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority that the three-year period of the fee in Delhi be extended by two years, while lowering the amount.

Civil aviation minister Ajit Singh said, “ADF will be brought down, but cannot be abolished at present as the promoters are unable to infuse funds.” The promoters of Delhi International Airport Limited are said to have decided against bringing more funds for the project. Calcutta and Chennai airports have also not levied ADF as asked by the ministry.

 
 
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