After months of financial trouble, India’s first private airline Jet Airways has decided to temporarily suspend operations.
According to ET, a report said that the troubled carrier made a loss of Rs 21 crore daily, and has at least Rs 15,000 crore of debt and dues.
The move came after Jet’s last ditch attempt to raise interim loans to keep the airline running, failed. CEO Vinay Dube had approached the lenders with an appeal for Rs 400 crore. The banks refused to release any funds without additional collateral.
With deep sadness and a heavy heart we would like to share that, effective immediately, we will be suspending all our domestic and international flight operations.
— Jet Airways (@jetairways) April 17, 2019
Well, this announcement has come as a huge shock to many people. Now, many prominent personalities such as Anupam Kher, Rishi Kapoor, Raveena Tandon and others have taken to their social media handle and expressed sadness over this.
Jet Airwarys temporary suspension
Here’s how celebs reacts over this:
My heartfelt wishes for the Jet Airways people. You have served us with utmost love and care. Thank you. Sorry for this chaos. All will be good!
— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) April 18, 2019
Will miss you @jetairways You were always my first choice for air travel! Your crew and on-board teams were so hospitable & warm! Will miss you.. hope you find a way to be back in the skies again! Adieu, fare thee well ❣️ https://t.co/MlxZMnUbvH
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) April 17, 2019
Just wishing that a miracle really saves @jetairways .Its been my preferred airline always , many of the staff and crew are friends . Prayers and best wishes to jet always . pic.twitter.com/zJq45Zp9PV
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) April 14, 2019
This is such a sad news. I really loved the professionalism, the service and the people of @jetairways. Hope things change for this airlines soon.🙏
Jet Airways temporarily shuts down all operations https://t.co/NHJPwHjvuY
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) April 17, 2019
Indian skies can never be the same without @jetairways , I am sure it will bounce back and millions of livelihoods attatched to it will see the light again. I thank all my friends in Jet for all the love they had showered on their passengers. We are with you always🤞 pic.twitter.com/4Knwe9d1XL
— sonu sood (@SonuSood) April 17, 2019
— Gul Panag (@GulPanag) April 17, 2019
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) April 18, 2019
Breaks my heart to see that my favourite airline is no longer operational. I grew up with you @jetairways n you will forever hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for all the fond memories n great service. PS- still hoping for a miracle.
— SONAL CHAUHAN (@sonalchauhan7) April 18, 2019
My tribute to a wonderful airlines @jetairways
My heart goes out to the awesome staff, pilots. I spent a lot of my life, read and wrote amazing stuff in your lounges, flights.
This is to thank all the stewards, pilots, ground staff and engineers.
Pl come back, if you can. pic.twitter.com/qjkYEXvovI
— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) April 18, 2019
More than 20 thousand employees have become unemployed with the Temporary suspension of Jet Airways.
Over the past 25 years, Jet Airways has established itself as India’s airline of choice and the flag-bearer of warm Indian hospitality around the world. The airline has proudly fuelled India’s economic engine, enabling business travellers and tourists alike to traverse the length and breadth of India and the world. Even during the toughest of times, Jet Airways employees have worn a smile on their face and put their duty to its guests and the nation first.