New Delhi: Union Minister of Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday directed the Secretary to a hold emergency meeting on the grounding of flights by Jet Airways, its advance bookings, cancellation, refunds and safety issues, if any.Also Read - International Flights: India Revises Guidelines, Makes 7-day Home Quarantine Must For Air Passengers

Prabhu has also asked the Secretary to get a report on Jet Airways’ compliance issues immediately from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Also Read - West Bengal Revises Guidelines, Allows Flights From Mumbai, Delhi On 3 Days Every Week. Details HERE

Earlier today, there was speculative news in media that DGCA had called all airlines to discuss over airfare hikes due to major Jet Airways flight cancellations and Pakistan airspace closure. This news is wrong, clarified DGCA sources. Also Read - International Flights: India Issues Fresh Guidelines For Air Passengers; Makes Sample Collection, Thermal Screening Mandatory 

Jet Airways has grounded a number of planes since February 7 due to non-payment of lease rentals as a result of severe financial crunch. As per the company’s exchange fillings, a total of 41 planes are grounded due to non-payment of dues to lessors.

Shares of Jet Airways fell by over 6 per cent on February 28. Shares of the company dropped 6.15 per cent to Rs 211 on BSE earlier. On NSE as well, the shares slumped 6.30 per cent to Rs 210.15.

The airline has still not found a way to infuse emergency support of Rs 750 crore rupees as talks with Etihad Airways, which has 24 [per cent stake in the airline and lenders have remained inconclusive so far.