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Bahrain airlines will no longer get fuel on credit

Bahrain's airlines will have to start paying upfront for fuel after it emerged the country's two carriers had run up a combined unpaid bill of $200m at Bapco, Gulf Daily News has reported, citing unnamed sources. Gulf Air and Bahrain Air have been warned that from July 1 they will no longer be supplied fuel on credit, the sources said. "It will not be possible to give the airlines free fuel any longer so they have been told to make arrangements to pay to get fuel," sources said. "We have given them (the airlines) enough time to pay up." Energy minister Dr Abdulhussain Mirza told the parliament last Tuesday that Gulf Air had an outstanding fuel bill of $173m, while Bahrain Air owed Bapco $20m.