DGCA may bar Jet Air from advance bookings

Mumbai: Aviation regulator DGCA may bar beleaguered carrier Jet Airways from taking advance bookings beyond a particular period amid a drastically reduced capacity and massive flight cancellations, an official said on Thursday.

As per the official, Jet Airways 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 its total flights per day.

Jet Airways operates over 600 flights within Indian and overseas.

"We may ask Jet Airways not to accept forward bookings beyond a particular period," a senior Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official told PTI.

The comments came in the wake of the full service carrier announcing on its website sale at an starting all-inclusive fares of Rs 1,165 for travel to 37 domestic destinations with one-year travel period validity under a discount scheme.

For record, the DGCA had taken a similar action against budget carrier SpiceJet in late 2014 when it was on the verge of closure.

At that time, it allowed SpiceJet to sell tickets only for travel within a month.

The official also said that a final decision on the issue will be taken after seeking a report from Jet Airways.

Meanwhile, the DGCA will review flight schedule of the cash-starved carrier at a meeting on Friday. A senior official last month said the DGCA is reviewing the airline's flights schedule every 15 days.

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