/ DGCA may bar Jet Airways from accepting advance bookings beyond a period

The New Indian Express : Mar 15, 2019, 10:08 AM

Aviation regulator DGCA may bar beleaguered carrier Jet Airways from taking advance bookings beyond a particular period amid a drastically reduced capacity and massive flight cancellations, an official said on Thursday. Jet Airways has been flying only 61 of the 116 planes it has in the fleet, forcing it to cancel as much as 45 per cent of its total flights per day. Jet Airways operates over 600 flights within India.

For the record, the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) had taken similar action against budget carrier SpiceJet in late 2014 when it was on the verge of closure. At that time, it allowed SpiceJet to sell tickets only for travel within a month. The official also said that a final decision on the issue will be taken after seeking a report from Jet Airways.

Meanwhile, the DGCA will review the flight schedule of the cash-starved carrier at a meeting on Friday. A senior official last month said the DGCA is reviewing the airline's flights schedule every 15 days in order to ensure that there are no sudden flight disruptions due to the grounding of aircraft.