Jet Airways now flying less than 50 domestic flights: DGCA official

Darnell Taylor
April 17, 2019

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Friday stepped in to assess Jet Airways' financial situation as the cash-strapped airline suspended its global operations till the weekend after further reduction in its fleet size.

In another development, the employees' association of Jet Airways asked the Mumbai Police to register a case against the company's founder and former Chairman Naresh Goyal, CEO Vinay Dube and SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar.

Right now, only 7 aircraft are being used by Jet for domestic routes, rest all flights have been canceled.

On its part, the airline said it has cancelled all global operations from April 12 to 15.

Struggling for survival because of a severe cash crunch, Jet Airways has suspended its operations in the SAARC and Asean regions indefinitely, besides extending suspension of its services to Toronto and Paris from Chennai and back. The pilots union, National Aviator's Guild has also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to save the 20,000 jobs at stake, the agency reported.

Separately, the pilots, crew members and engineers may gather at the Jet Airways headquarters in Mumbai on April 14 morning, as a mark of protest.

Employees from jet Airways have contacted PM Modi, and in a desperate attempt, have requested him to save 20,000 jobs.

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The Monday meeting with lenders is reportedly expected to take a final decision on the quantum of funds to be infused immediately to avert a possible shut down.

It's unclear what happened to as much as 15 billion rupees of immediate funding that banks said last month they would provide the carrier.

Jet Airways Aircraft Maintenance Engineers' Association (JAMEWA) said that it had no plans of going on strike.

The development came after the Indian government said it would investigate Jet's ability to continue flying as lenders seek a buyer to keep the airline running.

A consortium of United States firm and Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal's Jetair has reportedly submitted the expression of interest (EoI) for acquiring a stake in the ailing airline with the backing of a London company.

The airline is also facing objections from its employees, who have not been paid on time for months.

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