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Oil firms threaten to stop fuel supply to Air India at more airports

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | August 31, 2019
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State-owned oil companies have threatened to stop fuel supplies to cash-strapped Air India at two more airports, posing the risk of flight disruptions the airline has so far avoided, officials in the civil aviation ministry said on condition of anonymity.

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Hyderabad and Raipur will on September 2 join the airports in Ranchi, Mohali, Patna, Viisakhapatnam, Pune and Cochin where Air India flights will be denied refuelling facilities by the oil companies, the officials said.

The threat comes despite civil aviation minister Hardeep Puri this week offering a government letter of comfort to oil companies assuring them that their dues would be cleared.

“We have been managing till now though flights of Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India, were affected. We were managing by carrying extra fuel while operating to these destinations. But if fuel supply is stopped at other airports as well, we would have to start cancelling flights,” said an Air India official, requesting anonymity.


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