Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that the Centre and states owe Air India Rs 498.17 crore as on December 31, 2020 for VVIP travel, evacuation operations, travel of foreign dignitaries among other services.
The governments in states and at the Centre owe the airline Rs 84.57 crore for VVIP travel, Rs 12.61 crore for foreign dignitaries’ travel, Rs. 9.67 crore for evacuation operations and Rs 391.32 crore as other outstanding dues.
The national carrier incurred a provisional loss of Rs 7,982 crore in 2019-20 as compared to the net loss of Rs 8,556 crore in 2018-19. The government is currently in the process to sell its entire stake in debt-ridden airline.