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Jet Airways has no option but to shut shop as banks deny lifeline yet again

The airline, saddled with roughly $1.2 billion of bank debt, has been teetering for weeks after failing to receive a stop-gap loan of about $217 million from its lenders

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Jet Airways
Jet Airways

With the lenders rejecting an lifeline of Rs 400 crore Wednesday Airways, which has been on a wing and prayer since January, is left with no other option but to ground operations at least temporarily.

Since the March 25 resolution to infuse Rs 1,500 crore into the airline is yet to fructify, the once leading airline has been defaulting on payments, forcing its lessors to retake almost all its planes and was operating just about six planes as of Tuesday.

An official announcement of grounding of operations is expected anytime now as the Airways board had Tuesday authorised chief executive Vinay Dube to make one last appeal to the SBI-led consortium to get a life-line of Rs 400 crore Wednesday, before taking a final call on the future.

will be the seventh airline to go down since May 2014 and the 13th one after East West was shuttered.

During the past five years airlines like Air Pegasus, Air Costa, Air Carnival, Air Deccan, and have all gone belly up even as the government boasts of double-digits growth for more than four years in tow.

"The management's request for Rs 400 crore emergency funds has been rejected," banking sources told PTI.

A source at the also said the airline was likely to shutter soon as the have not extended it the required financial support.

"The airline has failed to garner the funds it was desperately looking for to continue operations," he said.

The airline is currently operating only five planes from 123 aircraft in the fleet till last December.

According to sources, the government is maintaining distance from the Jet affairs citing the matter is a commercial decision of

First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 18:04 IST
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