Monday, September 02, 2019

Air India crisis: Pune-Hyd flights set to be affected

All flights run by Air India between Pune and Hyderabad are likely to soon get affected, as fuel supply to Hyderabad is set to stop for this airline.
 The move is in lieu of the ongoing crisis being experienced by the staterun carrier — and having received further notices that fuel supply will be halted to Hyderabad and Raipur, the matter is set to worsen. Air India owes some Rs 4,300 crore in dues to the three oil marketing companies (OMCs) — Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd and Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd.
The OMCs have been up in arms over non-payment of dues since August 22 this year and have already stopped fuel supply to six airports — Pune, Kochi, Mohali, Ranchi, Patna and Visakhapatnam.
 With Hyderabad and Raipur added to the list, eight destinations out of 72 where Air India has fuelling stations will experience a clampdown on fuel supply. Air India operates a daily Pune-Hyderabad flight, and company officials have claimed that this air route may be shut down entirely if the situation worsens for them. In the past few days, a number of passengers have already been facing delays, as also seeing their luggage not being uploaded into the aircraft due to payload restrictions.
02/09/19 Himanshu Nitnaware/Pune Mirror
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