New Delhi: The state-owned oil marketing companies (OMC) have refused to refuel Air India planes at six airports over non-payment of dues.
This comes after Air India on Thursday released Rs 60 crore on an urgent basis to clear a part of the dues of these OMCs. However, the total amount due to these OMCs is between Rs 3,000-4,000 crore, which despite repeated reminders to Air India, has not been cleared.
Sources said the OMCs has last month, in a letter, asked Air India to pay up the dues or else the supplies of aviation fuel will be stopped at various airports.
The airports where the fuel supply was stopped by the OMCs on Thursday are Cochin, Visakhapatnam, Mohali, Ranchi, Pune and Patna airports.
While Air India in a statement said that this has not impacted its flight services, it added that in the absence of equity support Air India cannot handle the huge debt service liabilities....