PMO seeks update on Jet Airways crisis

PMO seeks update on Jet Airways crisis

According to sources, the meeting has been called after Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu asked the secretary of the department to review issues concerning Jet Airways. (Reuters File Photo)

The on-going crisis in Jet Airways appeared to have worsened, with the cash-starved airline on Friday urging bankers for an immediate fund infusion and its employees filing a police complaint over non-payment of salaries for about three months.

The Prime Minister’s Office summoned Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Kharola to seek an update on the situation after the airliner suspended international operations till Monday.

“Jet Airways has cancelled its international operations from 12th to 15th April,” a Jet Airways statement said.

Kharola said the airline has been asked to ensure that passenger issues were taken into consideration while it deals with the situation.

Jet Airways has funds to stay afloat till Monday, the civil aviation secretary said.

Meanwhile, the All India Jet Airway’s Officers & Staff Association — which represents ground handlers, ground crew among others at Mumbai airport — also filed a police complaint against the airline’s Naresh Goyal, CEO Vinay Dube and representatives of SBI.