New Delhi: Jet Airways has suspended all its international flights scheduled for Thursday evening due to operational reason. The debt-ridden airline is anyway heading for more trouble for operating less than 15 flights on international routes, said reports.
It also cancelled Friday flights 9W 615 Mumbai to Kolkata and 9W 675 Kolkata to Guwahati. Similarly, another Friday flight, 9W 676 Dehradun to Kolkata via Guwahati, was cancelled until further notice. Again, operational reasons were cited.
Meanwhile, an additional ten aircraft have been grounded due to non-payment of amounts outstanding to lessors under their respective lease agreements.
Earlier, Civil Aviation secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola had said, “It’s currently operating less than 15 planes and its eligibility to fly on international routes needs to be examined.”
As per new civil aviation policy, an air carrier is permitted to fly on international routes even if it has no experience in terms of domestic operations. The only condition is to have 20 aircraft in service.
Reports also say that the airline has suspended service to and from Singapore until further notice.
Just a day ago, the SBI Capital Markets extended the deadline for investors to bid for a controlling stake in the beleaguered airline till Friday. “Qualified bidders will be expected to submit their respective binding bid(s) latest by April 30 subject to the terms set out under the bid document,” said SBI
Capital Markets in a statement.
Earlier this week, Indian Oil Corporation had stopped jet fuel supplies for breaching the credit limit agreed upon. Though the supply was resumed after some hours, it was the second time that IOC had taken such a decision.
A Jet Airways flight from Amsterdam to Mumbai was also stopped from taking off at the Schiphol Airport by a European cargo company due to outstanding bills.
With a huge debt, Jet Airways has been struggling to fly with 26 planes, according to reports. Since January, it has not been able to pay salaries to pilots and
maintenance engineers. The pilots union has also sent a legal notice to the Jet Airways CEO for the release of their pending salaries for the months of January-March.