Government Calls emergency meet as Jet Airways grounds more flights

Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday directed his ministry’s secretary to hold an emergency meeting on the grounding of flights by Jet Airways.

The development came after the airline announced to ground more of its aircraft as it battles intensifying competition and liquidity crunch.

“Directed Secretary, @MoCA_GoI to hold an emergency meeting on grounding of flights by Jet Airways, Advance bookings, Cancellation, Refunds and Safety issues, if any. Asked him to get a report on Jet compliance issues immediately from DGCA,” Prabhu tweeted.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday said in a statement that Jet Airways is currently operating only 41 aircraft, just a third of its original fleet.

According to its website, the airline has a fleet of 119 planes.