New Delhi: In a move to be economical, India’s biggest full-service carrier, Jet Airways Ltd, has decided to stop providing free meal services to most domestic economy class passengers from January 2019. The passengers will rather have the option to buy meals on board as the debt-laden airline has decided to cut costs in an attempt to ramp up the revenues.

“More choice and flexibility with our expanded range of “Fare Choices” on flights within India,” the airline posted on its official Twitter handle.

Issuing a press release on Monday, the airline further stated that the revision in fare offerings is applicable for tickets booked from December 21, and for travel starting January 7. Business class passengers in India and all class passengers on international flights will not be affected by the changes made.

The latest revision in complimentary meals is applicable only for economy passengers who booked their tickets under the flex option. Those passengers, who frequently fly in Jet Airways, holding platinum and gold card membership will continue to avail on-board complimentary meal facility as before, added the airline. A tier-based flexible fare system was introduced by the airline in the year 2016.

The airline owes a huge sum of money to vendors and employees. By raising equity and selling a stake in the loyalty programme, the company is trying to stay afloat. The airline has also cancelled flights on certain routes and has increased the frequency of travel on others to increase the profit.

The airline is aiming to achieve cost savings of over Rs 2,000 crore over the next two years through strategic initiatives, chief executive officer Vinay Dube had said after the second quarter earnings. The company has already realised cost savings of over Rs 500 crore during the first half of the fiscal owing to these cost-rationalisation measures, added Dube.

(With Agency inputs)