“He (Moily) agreed to this,” Singh said. “We will jointly make a representation to the finance minister,” Moily said. ATF makes up for over 40% of an airline’s operating costs.
Singh is also learnt to have raised the issue of alleged restrictive practices on the part of state-owned oil firms.
The aviation minister also raised the issue of Air India not being given discounts similar to what some foreign and Indian private carriers allegedly get from state-owned oil firms.
An aviation ministry official said AI owes Rs.4,200 crore in fuel dues to oil firms which will be paid by April once the Centre releases grant under financial restructuring of the national carrier.