Canadian flights affected as India’s Jet Airways suspends westbound flights
India’s beleaguered Jet Airways on Thursday announced temporary grounding of it fleets over unpaid dues to leasing companies. Already been forced by lessors to ground about 80% of its operations, Jet had said that it has suspended all westbound international long-distance flights until Friday morning, including at least one flight to Canada. A Jet Airways spokesperson said, “We are suspending all west-bound international departures from India till Friday morning due to operational reasons.” The Delhi-Amsterdam-Toronto flight, which was to land at 2:30 p.m. ET on Friday, was cancelled. Jet Airways, in additional changes to international list, closed reservations for Delhi-Amsterdam-Toronto, Delhi-Singapore, Mumbai-Paris, Chennai-Paris, Mumbai-Singapore, Delhi-Kathmandu, and Mumbai-Colombo till April 12. According to media reports, Airline founder, Air Canada and the UAE carrier Etihad Airways and country’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) among others are reported to have submitted their financial bids. The development came as banks denied to release ₹1,500 crore as interim funding but lenders are releasing small amounts to continue airline operations.