Jet Airways has no option but to shutter, as banks refuse lifeline yet again

MUMBAI: With the lenders rejecting an lifeline of Rs 400 crore on Wednesday Jet Airways, which has been

on a wing and prayer since January, is left with no other option but to ground operations at least temporarily.

Since the March 25 resolution to infuse Rs 1,500 crore into the airline is yet to fructify, the once leading airline has been defaulting on payments, forcing its lessors to retake almost all its planes and was operating just about six planes as of Tuesday.

An official announcement of grounding of operations is expected anytime now as the Jet Airways board had Tuesday authorised chief executive Vinay Dube to make one last appeal to the SBI-led consortium to get a life-line of Rs 400 crore on Wednesday, before taking a final call on the future.

Jet will be the seventh airline to go down since May 2014 and the 13th one after East West was shuttered. (AGENCIES)