New Delhi: Jet Airways employees, who have not been paid for months, protested outside Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport on Saturday, demanding the clearance of their dues. The ailing airline, which flew only six-seven flights on Saturday, has requested its lenders to grant some “interim funding.” The protests come a day after Etihad Airways, which owns 24 percent stake in the airline, submitted an expression of interest (EoI) to increase its stake.
The employees expect to be paid once the interim funding comes through.
A silent protest on Saturday afternoon
The employees of the beleaguered airline assembled outside T3 of Delhi airport in their uniforms and held a silent protest on Saturday afternoon. The banners carried by the protesters read, “Save Jet Airways, Save our future” and “Hear our cry, Let 9W fly.” 9W is the code Jet Airways uses for its flights, like Air India uses AI.
A similar march took place in Mumbai a day ago
The Delhi protest also comes a day after Jet Airways employees took out a silent march in Mumbai. The airline that once used to own a 119-strong fleet, is going to fly just six-seven flights on Sunday. The consortium of Jet’s lenders, led by the State Bank of India, is set to meet the airline management on Monday, which is expected to present again a plan to use the “interim funding,” if granted.