Jet Airways cancels all international flights for Thursday

All international flights of Jet Airways have been cancelled for Thursday, the sources said. File
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The move comes in the midst of the airline grounding more than three-fourth of its 119-aircraft fleet.

Jet Airways suspended all its west-bound international flights from India beginning Thursday evening till Friday morning, citing operational issues.The development came on a day when the airline informed the exchanges that it had, further to its letter on April 2, grounded 10 more aircraft. With this, the airline’s fleet is believed to have fallen below 20 aircraft, a number crucial for Jet Airways to retain its right to fly international. “We are suspending all west-bound international departures from India till Friday morning due to operational reasons,” a Jet Airways spokesperson said.Airline sources said that since the midnight of April 10-11, Jet Airways had flown just 14 aircraft.Reservations closedIn additional changes to its international inventory, Jet Airways closed reservations for Chennai-Paris, Delhi-Amsterdam-Toronto, Delhi-Kathmandu, Delhi-Singapore, Mumbai-Colombo, Mumbai-Paris and Mumbai-Singapore, till April 12.

However, reservations for Bengaluru-Amsterdam, Mumbai-Amsterdam and Mumbai-London will remain closed till April 18. Flight reservations from Delhi to Dhaka and Bangkok, and Mumbai to Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Kathmandu and Kuwait, will remain unavailable till April 26.The developments came as banks refused to release the promised additional loan of ₹1,500 crore and original promoter Naresh Goyal pledged 26% of his holding in Jet Airways with Punjab National Bank. This is to borrow money from the bank to continue operations of the airline.It could not be immediately ascertained how much money was sanctioned against the share pledge. Jet Airways on Thursday informed stock exchanges about the pledge.The airline cancelled three domestic flights for Friday. These include Mumbai-Kolkata, Kolkata-Guwahati and Dehradun-Kolkata via Guwahati. “Guests have been informed and refunds are being processed,” an airline spokesperson said.