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Thursday, 19 September, 2019, 19 : 07 PM [IST]

HRANI delegation takes up the Non-issuance of Commercial Airport Entry Permits for hotels with MoT and MoCA

A delegation of Hotel & Restaurant Association of Northern India (HRANI) met the Tourism Secretary, Yogendra Tripathi to apprise him on the difficulties faced by the hotels after the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) under the Ministry of Civil Aviation has stopped issuing/renewing of Commercial Airport Entry Permits to hotels. 

 The Commercial AEP Terminal Pass (T-pass) was issued to 4 star and above hotels on chargeable basis which gives access to Terminal Building other than Security Hold, Customs and immigration but include baggage claim area of Domestic terminal. 

BCAS has stopped issuing new Entry permits or renewing the existing Commercial Airport Entry Permits of Hotels since August 2, 2019 based on the new Airport Entry Permit (AEP) guidelines which came into force from August this year. As per para 9.7 of the new AEP guidelines, the issuance/re-issuance of the commercial Airport Entry Permits has been abolished. 

 The delegation in its memorandum to both Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Ministry of Civil Aviation, said that the issuance of commercial AEP to hotels is not a security concern as the hotels follow strict SOP to obtain the Commercial AEP from the Airport Authority of India (AAI) which comprises BCAS Verification and AVSEC Certification including apart from Approval/ Classification from Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and certification of FHRAI and its four regional associations. The permit is issued after thorough scrutiny of applications by AEP committee which has officials from AAI, BCAS and CISF.

 Leading the delegation, Surendra Kumar Jaiswal, President, HRANI said that the new AEP guidelines are “draconian” and will have serious consequences including security risk to tourists. He termed the decision “arbitrary” and “against the industry”. The decision will lead to substantial lay-offs and job terminations across the hotels at pan-India level, thereby further deteriorating the already worsened unemployment situation in the country. This new practice will also hurt tourism, he stated. 

The HRANI delegation included senior leadership of the Association including Vinod Gulati, Vineet Taing, Amit Jain and Renu Thapliyal and representatives of the city hotels like Bhupinder Singh, Airport Operations Manager, JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity and Pawan Khatri from Hilton Group.
 
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