After allowing domestic airlines to import ATF directly, the government has decided to permit private firms to use oil PSU-owned jet fuel facilities like refuelling terminal and storages at Chennai and Kolkata airports.
Currently open access to ATF facilities exists at Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore airports, sources said.
At a meeting convened on September 24 by Pulok Chatterji, principal secretary to the prime minister, the issue of open access to ATF facilities of PSUs at airports was discussed. It was earlier planned that open access would be provided at Chennai, Kolkata, Goa and Mumbai airports by March 2013.
However, the target date was shifted to December 2014/March 2015. At the meeting, attended by oil secretary GC Chaturvedi, it was decided that open access would be provided at Chennai and Kolkata airports by March 2013, sources said.