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Jet Airways grounds seven more aircraft, cancels additional flights

Jet Airways grounds seven more aircraft, cancels additional flights

Recently, aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said that Jet Airways has only 41 aircraft in its fleet for operations out of around 120 planes and that there may be further attrition in the fleet size and flights ahead.

Additionally, the airline has also lost ground in terms of market shares, even as its pilots and crew are said to be approaching other airlines for employment.

Mumbai: Crisis ridden Jet Airways has suspended operations on 13 worldwide routes till end-April even as seven more planes are down due to non-payment of rentals.

IndiGo is hiring more than 100 Boeing 737 commander level pilots, primarily those exiting Jet Airways, as the country's biggest airline looks to overcome a flying-crew shortage and establish its dominance amid an exodus of personnel from the financially-stressed airline.

The airline reduced its services on the Delhi to Bangkok route, Delhi to Singapore route, Mumbai to Bangkok route, and Mumbai to Singapore route were reduced from three flights daily to one flight per day and services on Mumbai to Doha route and Mumbai to Kuwait route were reduced from two flights daily to one flight daily. Along with this, the airline has discontinued services from Delhi to Abu Dhabi (nine a week), Dammam (14 weekly), Dhaka (11), Hong Kong and Riyadh (seven each a week) up to April 30, said the airline source.

Jet has suspended 90 weekly operations to global destinations like Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Hong Kong, Dhaka, Riyadh from its Indian bases of Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Delhi, Kolkata.

Apart from this, Jet has also suspended flights from Bengaluru to Singapore route.

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The pilots' grouping of Jet Airways has said that the airline is on the "verge of collapse" and that they are facing lot of financial hardships without any relief in sight.

Similarly, flights on the Mumbai-Hong Kong (7 weekly) route will be halted till April 30, while the Kolkata-Dhaka services have also been halted till April 30.

The airline has made service reductions to certain global routes like Bangkok, Kathmandu, Singapore and some Middle East destinations like Doha and Kuwait.

Flagging concerns about non-payment of salaries, the National Aviators Guild (NAG) has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

This will leave thousands of people unemployed.

Two days ago, the agitated pilots threatened to stop flying from April 1 if their pending salaries are not cleared by March 31.