All #JetAirways international flights canceled for today, tomorrow: Here's why
Debt-ridden Jet Airways has canceled all its international flights scheduled for Thursday and Friday owing to a scarcity of funds, reported NDTV citing some sources. Jet Airways' flights to Amsterdam, London, and Paris have been canceled for two days. The low-cost airline has also canceled several of its domestic flights for Friday due to operational reasons, according to reports. Here's more.
This comes amid reports that Jet Airways might lose its eligibility for international flight operations as the airline's operational fleet has reduced to only 14 aircraft. Any Indian airline is required to have at least 20 aircraft to operate on international routes. The government is closely monitoring Jet Airways' operational situation to ensure it is complying with the overseas flying rules, reported NDTV.
Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola was quoted by news agency ANI as saying, "It (Jet Airways) is currently operating less than 15 planes and its eligibility to fly on international routes needs to be examined."
Jet Airways used to operate 26 aircraft, until recently, to various international destinations like Singapore, Bangkok, London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Toronto and on a number of domestic sectors too. But now, the airline's operational fleet has come down to just 14, after the grounding of as many as 105 planes. At its peak, Jet Airways used to have an operational fleet of 119 aircraft.
Earlier on Wednesday, aviation watchdog Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said it has de-registered seven of Jet Airways' Boeing 737-800 aircraft, allowing lessors to take the planes back out of the country. These Boeing aircraft reportedly belong to lessors like Crolly Aviation, Mardal Aviation, Allenwood Aircraft Leasing, Dungarvan Aircraft Leasing, Elphin Aircraft Leasing, Carlow Aircraft Leasing, and Ballyhaunis Aircraft Leasing.