Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Indian Oil Corporation stops fuel supply to Jet aircraft across India

Indian Oil Corporation stops fuel supply to Jet aircraft across IndiaIndian Oil Corporation stops fuel supply to Jet aircraft across India
NEW DELHI: It is getting increasingly difficult for cash-starved Jet Airways to remain airborne now whether in India or abroad.
Indian Oil Corp (IOC) stopped fuel supply to Jet aircraft across India for six hours from 3 pm on Wednesday. This happened a few hours after a Jet Airways aircraft supposed to fly from Amsterdam to Mumbai was seized at Schiphol Airport as a European cargo firm for non-payment of dues. Passengers had not boarded the aircraft and are not stuck inside. But they are now stuck in Amsterdam.

“Fuel supply to Jet has been stopped across India from 3 pm Wednesday,” said an official of IOC. Last Friday also fuel supply was stopped for some hours and resumed only when lender banks gave Rs 33 crore as emergency loan to Jet which allowed it to make payment. On Wednesday, the supply was resumed around 9 pm.

Hours before that, Jet’s 9w 231 was stopped from taking off from Amsterdam Schiphol for Mumbai. A Jet spokesperson said the flight “has been delayed due to operational reasons. Guests have been informed of the same and have been taken care of and served with refreshments during their wait. The airline will further update guests with revised timings. Jet Airways regrets inconvenience caused to its guests.”

The flight was fully booked and the airline is somehow trying to organize to send the passengers to Mumbai. It had a schedule departure time of 11.35 am (local time) at Amsterdam and is still stuck there.
10/04/19 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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