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Flights disrupted across India as Hyderabad airport re-fuelling system fails

Airline flight schedules went haywire on Monday, due to a re-fuelling problem at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) at Hyderabad. A technical hitch in the fuel hydrant system of Reliance, the fuel franchisee, led to disruptions and delaying almost all the morning flights by up to two hours.

27 flights were delayed due to ‘pressurisation problem’ in the Reliance fuel system, forcing the airport operator GHIAL to carry fuel up to the aircraft in tankers.

Passengers were a anxious and irritated lot, and some of they were additionally nervous, coming on the back of yesterday’s ‘hijack’ drama at New Delhi.

The early morning delays, have led to a nationwide domino effect, and all downstream flights across India have been delayed. One airline spokesman put it simply — “It’s chaos today.”

Time for Reliance to have some reliable backup plans. (sorry, just could not resist the pun).

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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