Mumbai: Observing that services provided at airports must match global standards, the Bombay High Court has refused to set aside three new conditions imposed while issuing tenders for ground handling services at the Mumbai international airport. “Ground handling services to passengers should not fall below international standards. These services have to match with international standards. Today one cannot deprive people of good services,” the HC remarked while passing the order earlier last week.
A division bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and Bharati Dangre was hearing a petition filed by the Airport Services Providers Association (ASPA) challenging three new eligibility criteria for filing tenders for ground handling concession at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA).
The Civil Aviation Ministry, the Airports Authority of India (AAI), and the MIAL (Mumbai International Airport Limited) were respondents in the matter. The petitioner represents Indian private ground service providers who cater to domestic and international airlines besides private airport operators at various airports in the country.