Thursday, March 14, 2019

DGCA unlikely to bar Jet Airways from accepting advance bookings

It was earlier reported by the Press Trust of India (PTI) that aviation regulator DGCA could bar beleaguered carrier Jet Airways from taking advance bookings beyond a particular period.
The move was believed to have been initiated amid a drastically reduced capacity and massive flight cancellations, an news agency had quoted an official as saying.
However, Moneycontrol spoke to sources at Jet Airways, who confirmed that the carrier had not received any intimation from the DGCA about not accepting advance bookings.
The PTI report claimed that the official said, Jet Airways has been flying only 61 of the 116 planes it has in the fleet, forcing it to cancel as much as 45 percent of its total flights per day.
Jet Airways operates over 600 flights within Indian and overseas.
"We may ask Jet Airways not to accept forward bookings beyond a particular period," a senior DGCA official told PTI on March 14.
The comments came in the wake of the full service carrier announcing on its website sale at an starting all-inclusive fares of Rs 1,165 for travel to 37 domestic destinations with one-year travel period validity under a discount scheme.