Thursday, 21 October, 2021

Airlines companies demand waiver of interest on bank loan

Empty and desolated TIA due to threat of COVID-19 (Image: Sagar Basnet)

Kathmandu, March 20:  Air Service Operating Companies have demanded the bodies concerned to waive the interest on loan of at least one year taken from banks and financial institutions.    

A meeting of Airlines Operators Association of Nepal, an umbrella organisation of Air Service Operators' Companies, held on Thursday urged the banks and financial institutions to make arrangement to pay loan taken in foreign currency in Nepali currency.    

Association Spokesperson Yograj Kandel said that the air service operator's companies demanded the government to announce relief package, saying there was negative impact on Nepal's aviation sector with the spread of COVID-19 across the world.    

Various demands including banks and financial institutions should issue concessional loan to airlines companies at mutual consensus were put forth before the government.    

Issuing a press release, the Association urged the government to waive tax as incentive, concession on interest, to provide discount in landing, parking and other charges as it would take long time to revive the aviation sector ruined due to coronavirus.    

Similarly, all helicopter companies decided to ground helicopters from April 1, 2020 except for the helicopters made pre-agreement for flights.