Jet Airways curtails flights to Gulf

Lower demand and high competition have made a good number of routes in the Gulf economically unviable

By PTI in Mumbai
  • Published 3.12.18, 4:05 AM
  • Updated 3.12.18, 9:21 AM
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Jet Airways currently operates one daily service each on Kochi-Doha, Mangalore-Abu Dhabi, Mangalore-Dubai and Lucknow-Abu Dhabi. (Shutterstock)

Jet Airways is withdrawing its flight services on as many as seven Gulf routes from this month, a source said. The airline has been struggling to keep itself afloat in the wake of a dismal financial performance in the last three quarters.

The Naresh Goyal-controlled airline will not operate as many as 39 services per week to Doha, Muscat, Abu Dhabi and Dubai from various domestic cities, he said.

Once a key market for Jet Airways, the lower demand and high competition have made a good number of routes in the Gulf economically unviable, forcing the airline to withdraw the operations.

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways holds a 24 per cent stake in the domestic full service carrier.

“Jet Airways has decided to withdraw its services to Doha from Kochi, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram as well as to Abu Dhabi from Lucknow and Mangalore. Besides, the airline will also not operate on Mangalore-Dubai route. All these services are being taken out of operations from December 5,” a source said.

The air services on Delhi-Muscat route are also being withdrawn from this month.

The airline currently operates one daily service each on Kochi-Doha, Mangalore-Abu Dhabi, Mangalore-Dubai and Lucknow-Abu Dhabi.