Currently, jet fuel or ATF is not under the GST ambit and the levy on it varies from state to state.
Jet fuel accounts for a significant chunk of an airline's operational costs which also has an impact on air ticket prices.
During the last winter session of Parliament, Sinha informed in a written reply that his ministry had requested the Ministry of Finance to include aviation turbine fuel in the ambit of the GST regime with full input tax credit at the earliest possible.
The long standing demand for a slash in the GST rate in the aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry was also discussed, said another official on the condition of anonymity.
The association contended that the airlines were finding it cheaper to send their aircraft overseas for maintenance although they cost more. He said the cost benefit that the MRO industry enjoyed because of low cost of labour in India -- USD 20 to USD 35 an hour -- had been eroded due to the GST burden.
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