Mumbai, November 4: In an attempt to revive itself, cash-strapped Jet Airways has announced that travellers who are not members of the airline's flyer program, JetPrivilege (JP) will now pay for meals on an economy class if they opt for a lower fare ticket price range. According to a Times of India report, non-JP members booking domestic economy class tickets in the higher fare category, will continue to get free meals on board. Jet Airways to Suspend Flights to Seven Gulf Countries, Fly More Planes From Delhi & Mumbai.
The airlines in a statement said, "Effective December 21, 2018, guests travelling in the economy and booking light/deal/saver/classic fares for travel from January 7, 2019, on flights within India will have the opportunity to buy meals, payable by their debit/credit card. The airline will continue to offer complimentary meals across saver/classic fare choices for guests who have made bookings prior to December 21, 2018."
Jet is in the middle of severe cash crunch situation as the airline has suspended flights to seven Gulf countries from some domestic cities. The airline will offer more international flights from Delhi and Mumbai. From cities such as Kochi, Lucknow and Mangalore, the airline decided to terminate flights to Doha, Muscat, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
On Sunday, the airline cancelled at least 14 flights to various destinations on Sunday after some of its pilots reported "sick" over non-payment of their dues. According to a PTI report, the airline has been defaulting on salary to its senior management along with pilots and engineer since August. Partial payment of salaries for September has been done, while the full salaries of October and November remain unpaid.
(With additional inputs from agencies)