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Flights hit due to refuelling delays

Flights in Mumbai were delayed across the international and domestic airports for the second consecutive day because of the nationwide strike by the officers of the public sector oil companies, reports Barney Henderson.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2009 01:08 IST
Barney Henderson

Flights in Mumbai were delayed across the international and domestic airports for the second consecutive day on Thursday because of the nationwide strike by the officers of the public sector oil companies.

Between 5.30 am and 7 pm, 76 departures were delayed by an average of 35 minutes because of the extra time it took to refuel planes.

The Territorial Army (TA) was called in to assist operations at all major Indian airports.

“The oil companies are taking help from the members of the TA. The flights are operating smoothly,” said a spokesperson for Delhi International Airport Ltd.

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd provide fuel at Mumbai airports.

IOC has been the most affected by the strike. The Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) authorities are assisting IOC staffers from outside the airport to help with refueling.

“We are facilitating access to IOC personnel being deployed at the airport from other facilities,” an MIAL spokeperson said.

Jet Airways said they were working to ensure delays are kept to a minimum, while Air India said that the situation was under control.

However, jet fuel stocks are starting to run low at major airports and delays could continue on Friday.