Jet Airways suspends all flights to and from Singapore until further notice

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Jet Airways suspends all flights to and from Singapore until further notice

This comes a day after as many as 200 passengers booked on a Jet Airways flight were stranded in Amsterdam after a service provider seized the debt-laden carrier's aircraft that was supposed to fly them to Mumbai.

According to regulations, an airline needs to have a minimum fleet of 20 planes to operate global flights. Of these 117 planes, 105 were operated by Jet Airways and are now grounded due to non-payment of dues to lessors, while 12 belonging to SpiceJet are non-operational due to safety issues with the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

Jet Airways said its Mumbai-Kolkata, Kolkata-Guwahati and Dehradun-Guwahati via Kolkata stand cancelled for Friday due to "operational reasons".

Earlier, in the day the aviation secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola told PTI that the ministry may review Jet's eligibility to continue its worldwide operations after it gets a report from the regulator DGCA on the issue. The airline was awarded routes such as Delhi-Bareilly, Delhi-Nashik, Indore-Hyderabad, Nagpur-Allahabad, Lucknow-Allahabad, Patna-Allahabad among various others but the airline's liquidity problems have forced it to operate on a skeletal schedule.

"All Jet Airways operations in the Eastern region are suspended".

Refunds are being processed, the airline added.

The government-owned investment bank said the revised last date for sending queries is 3 pm on Thursday and expressions of interest (EoIs) will be accepted till 6 pm on Friday (April 12).

"Qualified bidders will be expected to submit their respective binding bid (s) latest by April 30 subject to the terms set out under the bid document", said SBI Capital Markets in a statement.

Burdened with high operating costs and a huge debt, Jet Airways has been struggling to fly with 26 planes, according to reports.

The airline has also deferred interest payments to banks and dues to fuel suppliers.

Salaries to a section of the airline's staff, including pilots, engineers and general managers, have remained unpaid since January.

Naresh Goyal, the founder of Jet Airways, and his wife Anita Goyal last month stepped down from the board of the ailing airline, ceding majority control to the consortium, following a reduction in their stake as per the resolution plan formulated by the lenders.

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