Jet Airways has suspended its worldwide flights, stoking fresh fears about the future of India's largest private airline.
"All Jet operations to and from the Eastern and Northeastern regions are suspended".
Jet Airways' last remaining long-haul flights, to London, Paris and Amsterdam, were cancelled on Thursday evening.
Aviation secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said that the ministry is seeking a report from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to decide whether Jet can continue to fly internationally.
Some local media outlets claim that the airline is now operating only 14 of its 100 planes, taking it below the 20-aircraft minimum that carriers in India are required to maintain if they wish to run worldwide services, the BBC reported.
In a regulatory filing, Jet Airways said 10 more of its aircraft have been grounded over non-payment of lease rentals, taking the total number of grounded planes to 79.
Etihad has made a formal offer to increase its 24% stake in Jet Airways, according to an ET report citing sources.
Amid this, SpiceJet Friday announced it will induct 16 Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft on dry lease to bring down flight cancellations and expand the airline's worldwide and domestic presence.
"It could be financial investor, it could be airline.including Naresh Goyal himself or Etihad". It extended the deadline on Wednesday for interested bidders to submit a response until Friday.
When contacted, Jet Airways said its Mumbai-Kolkata, Kolkata-Guwahati and Dehradun-Guwahati via Kolkata were cancelled for Friday due to "operational reasons".
Thousands of customers have been stranded in recent weeks after hundreds of flights were cancelled, in some cases with little or no notice.
Flights between Mumbai and Manchester with Jet Airways were launched in November 2018 but were axed in March 2019. Jet Airways has suspended all its worldwide flights till 15 April even as the the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) called an urgent meeting to resolve the situation at the beleaguered airline.
ET Now has reported that Naresh Goyal, the founder and ex-Chairman of the airline, is likely to submit an EoI.
To add to the chaos, Jet Airways is also in the middle of a liquidity crisis that has affected its operations and resulted in the grounding of several of its aircraft, according to Reuters.
In March, a consortium of creditors, led by the State Bank of India (SBI), became the majority shareholders of Jet Airways after a debt-for-equity swap.