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Passengers stranded – Jet Airways cancels international flights

Jet Airways has grounded all of its international flights, leading to suspicions that the Indian carrier may be on the brink of collapse.

The last Jet Airways Heathrow departure left last night (Thursday April 11) and arrived at 10:51 today local time. Since then, a series of last minute cancellations to destinations to Europe and Asia have been seen throughout the early hours of this morning (Friday 12) affecting thousands of passengers. These cancellations also include today’s three departures from Heathrow, flying to Mumbai and Delhi in India.

According to news sources the carrier claims that the groundings are only temporary but as yet no further flights from London are planned.

Travellers booked onto any cancelled flights with Jet Airways from India to the UK and looking to switch to any immediate departures with other airlines may face expensive fares. Should the situation develop and Jet Airways formally close then other airlines will likely step in with ‘rescue fares’ for stranded passengers. In this scenario, passengers in other locations previously served by the airline may also be offered rescue fares to return home.

For those who have reached India but cannot travel onward to their final destination, and do not have visas for India (as they were not expecting to exit passport control) may wish to look to alternative flight arrangements. The Indian government has also told the BBC that steps were being taken to ensure passenger safety after flights were cancelled.

It is recommended that holidaymakers who have booked through a travel agency or purchased their trip with a credit card, should make contact as they may be able to claim compensation thanks to the various levels of insurance in place and which might be available to them.

There has been much speculation regarding the health of the airline’s operations in recent months. Since the start of 2019, the leasing companies that own Jet Airways’ aircraft have been repossessing much of the fleet and the Manchester to Mumbai service that it launched in November 2018 was abruptly cancelled last month. At the end of March 2019, Naresh Goyal the former chairman of Jet Airways, also made the decision to step down from his position with the airline.

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