BIZ-DGCA-LD JETAIRWAYS BOOKINGS

DGCA may bar Jet Airways from accepting advance bookings
beyond a period
    (Eds: Updating with DGCA spokesperson comments,
recasting intro, minor edits)
    Mumbai, Mar 14 (PTI) Aviation regulator DGCA may bar
beleaguered carrier Jet Airways from taking advance bookings
beyond a particular period amid reduced capacity and massive
flight cancellations, an official said Thursday.
    The official also said the private airline has been
flying only 61 of the 116 planes it has in the fleet, forcing
it to cancel as much as 45 per cent of total flights per day.
    Jet Airways operates over 600 flights within India and
overseas.
    "We may ask Jet Airways not to accept forward bookings
beyond a particular period," a senior DGCA official told PTI.
    The official also said a final decision on the issue
would be taken after seeking a report from Jet Airways.
    However, a DGCA spokesperson said there is no such
proposal.
    "We do not have any such proposal. We shall continue
to share relevant information with you all," the spokesperson
said.
    The full service carrier has started discounted sale
of tickets with all-inclusive fares starting from Rs 1,165 for
flights to 37 domestic destinations and validity for one year,
as per its website.
    In addition, the airline is offering 10 per cent
discount on flight bookings for four or more passengers
travelling together. It has, however, not given any cut-off
date for booking tickets under the offer.
    "The tickets are valid for 12 months from the date of
commencement of journey," according to the website.
    The regulator would be reviewing flight schedule of
the airline on Friday.
    A senior official last month said the DGCA is
reviewing the airline's flights schedule every 15 days in
order to ensure that there are no sudden flight disruptions
due to grounding of aircraft.
    In late 2014, the Directorate General of Civil
Aviation (DGCA) allowed SpiceJet to sell tickets only for
travel within a month when the airline was facing financial
problems.
    Jet Airways has been looking at various ways to raise
funds amid acute liquidity crunch that has forced it to ground
aircraft, cancel flights in large numbers, shutdown stations
and delay salary payments to its pilots and engineers along
with other senior staff.
    On March 8, Jet Airways chairman Naresh Goyal wrote to
Etihad Airways Group CEO Tony Douglas seeking an urgent
funding of Rs 750 crore.
    In the letter, Goyal also said, "Jet Airways is in a
very precarious position, with more than 50 aircraft grounded
and increasing arrears of vendors and salaries which makes the
need for interim funding all the more imperative." PTI IAS AP
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