There seems to be no relief in sight for Jet Airways — the airline is said to have grounded 15 additional aircraft recently.
Although there has been no official confirmation from the airline regarding the actual count of operational fleet, a rough estimate, however, is going up to 20 aircraft. With this, Jet Airways has become the smallest operating pan-Indian airline.
Owing to the uncertainties, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), that has been monitoring the airline’s performance, has approved Jet Airways’ summer schedule only until April 25, 2019. The debt-laden airline is expected to operate 215 daily flights throughout April. According to industry reports, the summer schedule of other Indian airlines including Vistara, IndiGo, Air India and GoAir have been approved until October 26.
Meanwhile, the National Aviators Guild, a union representing Jet Airways pilots has written to DGCA, seeking interest on the salary dues — pilots and engineers have salaries pending for the last three months.
The announcement comes a few days after the union deferred their strike call to April 15, which was to begin from April 1.