Passengers travelling on Kingfisher Airlines were in for a rude shock on Monday as many flights were delayed after Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) stopped jet fuel supply to the airline for a couple of hours on account of non-payment of dues.
While the Kingfisher spokesperson did not respond to calls from HT, sources said flights across the country were affected causing major inconvenience to travellers. Passengers who had boarded flights were stuck inside aircraft for hours and were told that the plane could not take off as it had no fuel.
The airline gets most of its fuel from HPCL and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited. A senior HPCL official confirmed that jet fuel supplies had bene stopped to the airline. The supplies were resumed after payments were received, he said. “All oil companies are following the cash and carry model with airline companies,” an official said.
“We have resolved the issue with Kingfisher Airlines and supplies have been resumed,” S Roy Choudhury, chairman and managing director, HPCL said.
“I have been sitting in the aircraft for more than three hours,” a passenger travelling on a Kingfisher flight from Delhi to Mumbai told HT.
“I boarded the plane at 5.30pm. The flight was supposed to take off at 6.05pm but it’s been three hours and we are being told that there is no fuel. They are not allowing us to leave the plane either. It’s a chaotic situation,” the passenger said.