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Thursday, 11 February, 2021, 14 : 00 PM [IST]

Centre, states owe Air India Rs 498 crore: Aviation Minister

“The Centre and states owe Air India INR 498.17 crore as on December 31, 2020 for VVIP travel, evacuation operations, travel of foreign dignitaries among other services,” Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Wednesday.

“The governments in states and at the Centre owe the airline INR 84.57 crore for VVIP travel, INR 12.61 crore for foreign dignitaries’ travel, INR 9.67 crore for evacuation operations and INR 391.32 crore as other outstanding dues,” the Minister told Rajya Sabha in a written reply to a question.

The national carrier incurred a provisional loss of INR 7,982 crore in 2019-20 as compared to the net loss of INR 8,556 crore in 2018-19, Puri said.

The government is currently in the process to sell its entire stake in debt-ridden airline.

“The total amount of outstanding dues owed by the Central and State Governments to Air India for VVIP travel, evacuation operations, foreign dignitaries travel and other outstanding dues as on 31.12.2020 is INR 498.17 crore,” Puri stated.

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