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DGCA keeping an eye on Jet schedule every 15 days

PW Bureau 

The country’s aviation watchdog is reviewing the airline’s schedule to make sure there are no abrupt flight disruptions because of the grounding of aircraft New Delhi: Every 15 days, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is monitoring the schedule of flights to be run by the debt-laden Jet Airways, a senior official said. The country’s aviation watchdog is reviewing the airline’s schedule to make sure there are no abrupt flight disruptions because of the grounding of aircraft. Jet, the country’s biggest full-service carrier by market share, is grappling with financial woes as it owes money to banks, pilots, vendors and lessors. Higher oil prices and strong domestic competition have only intensified the carrier’s problems. Owing to non-payment of lease rentals and other operational reasons, the full-service airline also had to ground some of its planes. “Like all airlines, Jet Airways is voluntarily keeping the regulator and airport operators informed of any network/ schedule changes and we are in constant dialogue with the DGCA,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

DGCA also monitoring other airline aspects

Jet is working with lenders to restructure its debt and raise fresh funds. Additionally, DGCA is observing various other aspects of the airline as per regulations, the official added. Jet’s base schedule for Winter 2018 has been approved by the DGCA, a spokesperson of the airline said. Jet cancelled some flights because of operational reasons on Sunday. The airline also said that four of its aircraft have been grounded earlier this month owing to non-payment of lease rentals. Including the Boeing 777-300 ERs, Airbus A330-200/300 and ATR 72-500/600s, Jet Airways group has a fleet of 124 aircraft.