Air India and Kingfisher pay owed charges to GMR

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Air India and Kingfisher Airlines have agreed to pay up millions of dollars owed in airport charges to Indian airport operator GMR Infrastructure, after GMR issued a deadline to the airlines to pay up or face possible disruption to their flights.

The two carriers held talks with GMR on 30 May and have agreed on a deal to pay the airport operator the aeronautical charges owed since late last year, said a GMR spokesman.

Last month, the airport operator issued a notice to the carriers, saying they would have to pay airport charges before each flight from 1 June if they did not make payment of outstanding fees.

Air India had owed GMR $55 million, while Kingfisher owed $20 million.