Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Passengers weary as Jet Airways, other airlines continue cancelling flights

New Delhi: Ongoing financial and operational turbulence in a few domestic airlines has resulted in the cancellation of over a hundred flights per day and, if trends are to be believed, it is unlikely that there will be any relief to air passengers in the near future.

Debt-laden Jet Airways has grounded a total of 25 aircraft so far and industry sources say it will ground around 20 more planes in the coming days due to unpaid dues to lessors.

At present, Jet alone is cancelling over a 100 flights per day, while the country’s biggest carrier  IndiGo, which is facing a shortage of pilots, is reportedly cancelling over 50 flights per day.

Two Delhi-based ticketing agents said that passengers have started taking note of Jet Airways’ high cancellation rate and are avoiding booking tickets on the airline.

“Passengers have started losing trust and we are also avoiding bulk corporate bookings with Jet Airways,” one of the agents said.

They, however, said passengers have no such issues with IndiGo, even though cancellations have increased the overall ticket prices in the range of 20-50 per cent, depending on the route.
06/03/19 New Indian Express
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