Govt to Temporarily Allocate Jet Airways Slots to Rival Carriers: Official
The vacant slots will be allocated to other airlines, said Pradeep Singh Kharola, India’s aviation secretary, at a press conference in New Delhi.
At least 280 slots were vacant in Mumbai and 160 in Delhi, he said, after Jet Airways – once India’s largest private carrier – ended all operations on Wednesday evening after failing to secure further loans from lenders.
Airlines are in touch with lenders to lease grounded Jet Airways planes, which are likely to be taken up by local airlines including state-run Air India, which is also in talks with lenders, Kharola said.
A bidding process is underway for a stake of up to 75 per cent in Jet Airways, which is saddled with roughly $1.2 billion of bank debt. Kharola said there is “keen interest” from bidders.
Top bosses of airlines have assured they will keep fares at reasonable levels, he added.