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In an attempt to boost aviation and tourism in Chhattisgarh, international flights, operated by the world’s low cost Malaysian airline, AirAsia, may start operating from Swami Vivekananda Airport soon.

According to sources, fuel surcharge of 4% on the Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) at Chhattisgarh, which is the lowest in the country, is proving to be a major attraction for the budget airlines. Incidentally, the surcharge of ATF is much higher in other states touching over 20%.

Anil Rai, Airport Director said that the civil aviation ministry has agreed to the proposal and the licencing process which would take three months is yet to begin.

He added that apart from low ATF fuel surcharge, Raipur airport had no night landing fee and the Airport Authority of India is planning to reduce landing charges by almost 50%.