The flight schedule of crisis-hit Jet Airways has been approved by aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for five months, a senior official said. Amid a financial turbulence, the airline has delayed salary payments to its staff. As many as 14 flights of the airline were on Sunday cancelled after some of the pilots reported "sick" over non-payment of their dues.
According to the DGCA official, approval has been given for the airline's flight schedule for five months, including December. This clearance was given in mid-November, he added.
The winter schedule for airlines is from last Sunday of October till last Saturday of March.
The watchdog monitors operations of an airline through a systematic procedure of surveillance, regulatory audits and spot checks.
Nearly 124 aircrafts, including Boeing 777-300 ERs, Airbus 330-200/ 300 and Boeing 737 Max 8 are operated by Jet Airways.
The airline is working on ways to reduce costs as well as raise funds.
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Last month, Jet Airways CEO Vinay Dube had said the airline was in active discussions with various investors to secure sustainable financing and cost optimisation efforts have resulted in savings worth Rs 500 crore in the first half of the current fiscal.
On Tuesday, Jet Airways said it has introduced 65 additional frequencies on its international and domestic routes from this month.