Air India owes 2,310 cr to oil companies

Air India owes 2,310 cr to oil companies

New Delhi: Air India and its subsidiaries owe 2,310 crore to the oil marketing companies, civil aviation minister Vayalar Ravi informed the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

He said that in order to help the national carrier, a Group of Ministers (GoM) last month agreed to grant a credit period of three months as sought by airlines management.

“The credit period, however, was agreed without exempting Air India from payment of interest," the minister said.

Facing liquidity crunch, the national carrier has a debt of 22,000 crore as working capital loan and around 21,000 as aircraft acquisition loans.

In reply to a separate question, the minister said Air India has withdrawn its services from 14 routes, which were not profitable.

The routes are Mumbai-Sharjah, Calicut-Doha-Bahrain, Mumbai-Vadodara, Kolkata-Ahmedabad/Jaipur-Kolkata, Hyderabad- Mumbai, Chennai-Calicut, Chennai-Mumbai-Kuwait, Hyderabad- Cochin-Coimbatore-Hyderabad, Kolkata-Hyderabad-Kolkata, Bangalore-Singapore, Chennai-Coimbatore, Mumbai-Nairobi, Chennai-Damman and Kochi-Agatti (which was later reinstated).

The minister also informed the House that due to pilots’ strike from 27 April to 7 May, Air India has suffered a revenue loss of 200 crore.