The Budget proposes to increase service tax by 2.4% for executive (business/first class) air travel.
The abatement for executive (business/first class) air travel, wherein the service element is higher, is being reduced from 60% to 40%. Budget 2015: Complete Cvoerage
Consequently, service tax would be payable on 60% of the value of fare for business class.
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The Budget is negative for the civil aviation sector as as government has proposed to increase service tax by 2.4% for non-economy class air travel.
The last Budget had announced schemes for development of new airports in Tier I and Tier II cities.
However, it did not have anything specific for the aviation companies.
The industry had been seeking updation of standards for security equipment, establishment of a “green” channel for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) equipment and allocation of appropriate funds for air navigation facilities.