Jet operating only 10 planes; Prabhu orders review of issues related to cash-strapped airlines

New Delhi: Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday asked civil aviation secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola to review issues related to Jet Airways, which has been operating with less than 10 planes.

‘Minimise passenger inconvenience’

“Directed Secretary MoCA to review issues related to Jet Airways. Asked him to take necessary steps to minimise passenger inconvenience and ensure their safety,” Prabhu tweeted in the morning.

According to industry sources, Jet Airways will run only nine planes — two Boeing 737s and seven regional Jet ATRs — on Friday.

“Jet is operating only nine planes on Friday,” a source said. Cash-strapped Jet Airways on Thursday grounded its services to and from the East and Northeast regions.

International operations suspended

Jet Airways, on Thursday, cancelled all west-bound long-haul international flights, including those to London, Paris and Amsterdam. Consequently, many passengers were left stranded at the airports.

The sources said the airline now owes more than Rs 3,500 crore to passengers on account of flight cancellations alone. As of Thursday noon, the airline operated just 14 planes– way down from 123 planes in operations at the peak.