State-owned oil marketing companies resumed fuel supply to Air India (AI, Mumbai Int'l) at six airports on the evening on September 7, having turned off the taps on August 22 due to the non-payment of debts by the cash-strapped flag carrier. An agreement was reached over the payment terms for future fuel purchases, local media reported.

Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum, and Hindustan Petroleum had halted supplies to the carrier at Chandigarh, Kochi Int'l, Patna, Pune, Ranchi, and Vishakhapatnam airports due to overdue payments totalling INR50 billion rupees (USD700 million). Payments had been overdue by almost eight months.

However, "fuel supply to Air India recommenced from Saturday evening at all six airports. An agreement over payment obligations was reached," a senior official at one of the oil firms told the Indo-Asian News Service.

Air India has a 90-day credit period for aviation turbine fuel, so payment must be made within three months. It uses around 250 kilolitres (about 55,000 gallons) of fuel at the six airports on a daily basis, according to the Financial Express.