Oil companies to restore fuel supply to AI for 3 months

Air India will continue to pay Rs16.50 crore to oil companies per day as per the agreement between the three state-owned oil marketing companies and the national carrier. There will be a moratorium for three months on the oil companies and Air India will be allowed to take additional fuel worth Rs1 crore in the next three months

New Delhi: In a relief for Air India, state-run oil companies, which had restricted fuel supply to it over non-payment of dues, were on Monday directed to meet the carrier’s requirements for three months to allow it to fully restore its operations, reports PTI.

The decision came following the intervention of civil aviation minister Vayalar Ravi who met petroleum minister S Jaipal Reddy to sort out the issue.

In the meeting, Mr Ravi asked Mr Reddy to direct the oil marketing companies to provide aviation turbine fuel (ATF) to Air India so that the national carrier can restore its cancelled or curtailed flights, sources said.

Following the meeting, in which CMDs of oil companies and Air India and secretaries from both the ministries were present, it was decided that oil companies would provide Air India additional fuel for next three months to allow it to operate all its flights.

Air India was put on cash and carry mode of debit from December last year on account of non-payment of Rs2,400 crore dues to the three state-run oil companies.

Due to the fuel-supply restrictions by these companies, the cash-strapped carrier had to combine and even curtail between 10% and 15% of its flights on a daily basis for the past two months. It runs an average of 320 flights per day.

Air India will continue to pay Rs16.50 crore to oil companies per day as per the agreement between the companies and the national carrier. There will be a moratorium for three months on the oil companies and Air India will be allowed to take additional fuel worth Rs1 crore in the next three months.

As per the new directive, Air India will get around 225 kilolitres of ATF per day to fulfil its requirements, sources said.

The national carrier owes Indian Oil Corporation about Rs1,900 crore, another Rs300 crore to Bharat Petroleum Corporation and the rest to Hindustan Petroleum Corporation.

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