Centre owes Air India 1000 crores, reveals Aviation Ministry

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The Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha revealed in Parliament on Thursday that the government owes the cash-strapped Indian carrier, Air India an amount of 1,000.62 crores.

This came in the wake of a question in the Lok Sabha. It was revealed that the amount is receivable by Air India Limited for Special Extra Section Flight (SESF) flights from the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Home Affairs.

He claimed, “Regular follow-ups for the same are made by Air India and the Ministry of Civil Aviation and normally such dues are cleared from time to time.”

Special Extra Section Flight (SESF) is operated by Air India. It provides B747-400 aircraft for the president, vice president, and the prime minister of India. The respective ministries are expected to reimburse the cost of these flights to Air India.


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