Cash-strapped Jet Airways on Saturday suspended services on thirteen international routes till April end. The airlines, which is on the verge of going belly-up, has grounded more than seven planes dealing with the crisis of non-payment of rentals, bringing the number of such aircraft to 54.
The main routes of Indian cities affected by the airways are from Delhi, Mumbai, and Pune.
The routes where services have been temporarily withdrawn include Bangalore– Singapore, Delhi–Abu Dhabi, Delhi–Dammam, Delhi–Dhaka, Delhi–Hong Kong, Delhi–Riyadh, Kolkata–Dhaka, Mumbai–Abu Dhabi, Mumbai–Bahrain, Mumbai–Dammam, Mumbai – Hong Kong, Pune–Abu Dhabi and Pune– Singapore.
In a statement issued by JetAirways, it stated, “Jet Airways: Jet Airways is currently operating a curtailed schedule, having made certain proactive adjustments, bearing in mind the likely, yet interim non-availability of some aircraft in its fleet in the near future.”
Gasping for funds the airline has also reduced services on the Delhi – Bangkok route from 3 to 1 daily, Delhi – Kathmandu (4 to 2 daily), Delhi – Singapore (3 to 1 daily), Mumbai – Bangkok (3 to 1 daily), Mumbai – Doha (2 to 1 daily), Mumbai – Kuwait City (2 to 1 daily) and Mumbai – Singapore (3 to 1 daily).
Further, the airlines stated, “As a priority, the airline has been focusing to minimize guest inconvenience by ensuring that guests, as well as a regulator (DGCA), are informed of these interim changes, well in advance, given temporary, yet network-wide (domestic & international) impact of these changes.”
According to media reports, Jet has a total debt of Rs 8,000 crore in addition to payables such as vendors’ dues worth Rs 15,000 crore. Not only that, but the airline has also lost ground in terms of market shares recently.