Aviation

Passengers left stranded as airline suspends all international flights

Ali Coulton

Ali Coulton

Jet Airways has temporarily suspended all international flights, leaving passengers around the world stranded.

The struggling airline is currently only operating on 14 aircraft for domestic services until Monday when it will meet with its lenders and try to secure funding, according to the BBC

The Indian Aviation Ministry had previously said it would review the airline’s eligibility to fly internationally if its fleet fell below the minimum number needed to be eligible, the Times of India reported.

Jet Airways said in a statement on its Twitter earlier this month that it is still compliant with the guidelines.

The suspension has left passengers around the world stranded, with flights from London, Paris and Amsterdam among those grounded.

The airline flies 600 domestic and 380 international routes.

Meanwhile, Naresh Goyal, the Jet Airway’s promoter and former chairman has released a statement on Twitter to reassure staff and passengers.

Goyal said he has been humbled by the loyalty of his “Jet Airways family” and their “dedication beyond the call of duty”.

“In order to ensure they emerge unscathed from the recent disruption and continue to hold their heads up high with pride for having helped build what I truly believe is one of the world’s premier airlines, I have agreed to sacrifice my every control and interest in the airline with the sole aim to ensure the Jet family’s lasting welfare,” he said.

“I have no doubt that given the hard-earned legacy of warm Indian Hospitality and magnificent service… with all financial settlement in place, the airline will regain its rightful place in the company of the global greats.”

The airline has a debt of more than $1 billion and is seeking financial help to avoid collapse.

Travel Weekly has approached Jet Airways for comment but is yet to receive a response.

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