Jet Airways plans to resume operations in the first quarter of 2022
Jet Airways in India plans to resume operations and plans to relaunch flights scheduled for the first quarter of 2022.
The carrier will start with domestic services on the Delhi (DEL) - Mumbai (BOM) route, according to the Jalan-Kalrock consortium which owns the airline. Jet aims to restart international short-haul flights in the second or third quarter of 2022.
Jet Airways was a major player in the Indian market before ceasing operations in April 2019, when it could no longer meet its payment obligations. After a long search for new investors, the offer of the Jalan-Kalrock consortium was selected by creditors in October 2020. A court approved the plan to take over and relaunch the airline in June 2021.
The airline will be based in Delhi, but will also have a significant presence in Mumbai.
However, there are still significant tasks to be completed before the airline can start flights. The carrier is working with the authorities to revalidate its air operator's certificate. Jet also met with airport authorities to arrange slot allocation, airport infrastructure and overnight aircraft parking.
Many of Jet's international and domestic airport slots have been redistributed to other airlines. Earlier this year, Indian authorities said it took so long for Jet to announce the resumption of operations that redistribution is now difficult. The Indian Ministry of Aviation said that it took too long for Jet Airways to recover the slots, as they were not assets owned by the airlines.
Another vital step is negotiating with landlords to obtain aircraft, as almost the entire initial fleet of Jet has been recovered by landlords. The carrier currently intends to relaunch a new fleet and will lease a fleet from "The world's largest aircraft lenders". The goal is to reach 100 aircraft in five years.