For some time now, expatriates in Bahrain had been requesting concerned Indian authorities to help with better flight connectivity to Thiruvananthapuram. Last month Albilad had reported that national and international carriers were curtailing operations to Thiruvananthapuram, the most recent exits being that of Saudia, Silk Air, Fly Dubai and now Jet Airways.

In the wake of this situation, Congress MP of Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor had addressed this situation and held dialogues with Air India, SpiceJet, Indigo, Jet Airways and Vistara.

To the despair of expats, Jet Airways announced their temporary suspension of flight operations. Jet Airways was informed by the State Bank of India (SBI), on behalf of the consortium of Indian Lenders, that they are unable to consider its request for critical interim funding.

Since no emergency funding from the lenders or any other source is forthcoming, the airline will not be able to pay for fuel or other critical services to keep the operations going. Consequently, with immediate effect, Jet Airways is compelled to cancel all its international and domestic flights. The last flight operated yesterday.

Many took to social media expressing their reactions.

“Jet Airways might have flown their final trip... They are grounded 11 minutes back... I hope not forever...I loved this airline for years. Great service... They had the potential of becoming India's first truly international carrier...It would be sad if they don't fly again” said Kiran.

In a press statement Jet Airways said: “This has been a very difficult decision but without interim funding, the airline is simply unable to conduct flight operations in a manner that delivers to the very reasonable expectations of its guests, employees, partners and service providers”.

Jet Airways will now await the bid finalisation process by SBI and the consortium of Indian Lenders.

In its response to the airline, the lenders have said, “The Expressions of Interest (EOI) have been received and bid documents have been issued to the eligible recipients today. The bid documents inter alia have solicited plans for a quick revival of the company. The bid process will conclude on 10th May 2019 … We are actively working to try and ensure that the bid process leads to a viable solution for the company.”

After 25 years of sharing the Joy of Flying with Indian and international guests, Jet Airways has been forced to take this extreme measure as prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and authorities did not yield the desired results.

Over the past 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. Essential services needed to support guest services and the re-commencement of the flight operations will be kept onboard until further notice.