New Delhi, (18/4/2019): Struggling for months, Jet Airways chief executive Vinay Dube last evening announced the carrier was shuttering operations as his last-ditch attempt to get Rs 400 crore was rejected by lenders.
The decision leaves 20,000 jobs at stake and over Rs 8,500 crore of public funds, that the banks lent to the once-leading airline, at the risk of going down.
Today, employees of the Jet Airways gathered at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to demand the financial help the company needed from the Prime Minister and the Government of India. The company is going through a crisis and the employees are still standing with the company and wants to get it back on the track.
While talking to Ten News, Cabin crew of Jet Airways said, “Jet airways is and will be the most prestigious airline from Indian. We request from PM Modi to help us and give us funds of 1500 crores to get back into business and start our operations. We will eventually get back to earnings, paying loans but right now we want to survive and want help from the government. We are working here from last 13 and 14 years and have given our sweat and blood in service for our costumers”.
Some of the employees said, “That we are not begging not demanding anything from the Government but we are requesting from them to help us to survive, Jet airways has been the pride of the country for so long and it deserves support from the government”.
On future plans employees said, “we don’t have any future plans right now, we want Jet airways to resist this crisis with the help of the government and want to continue as a Jet airways employee”.
Set up by Naresh Goyal on April 1, 1992, Jet Airways’s first flight took off from Mumbai for Ahmedabad on May 5, 1993, as an air-charter operator, which does not require a published schedule.
However, more than a year later, it was granted the scheduled operator permit on January 14, 1995. Since then it has been doing business and achieved a goodwill amongst the customers.