Jet Airways is in the middle of one of the worst financial crisis. Lessors are grounding more and more aircraft due to nonpayment of dues. Etihad is planning to exit from Jet Airways. More than 50% of the entire fleet is grounded at the moment and it keeps on increasing every day. This has thrown the entire schedule haywire.
Jet Airways has cancelled flights to many destinations altogether and is also reducing frequency on other routes. A couple of days back, I shared a rough idea of how many Jet Airways flights were cancelled from the top six airports in India. The number has increased significantly. Hong Kong is another international destination that is shutting down overnight.
Hong Kong Cancelled
Jet Airways cancelled flights from Delhi to Hong Kong overnight with effect from March 20. It was operated daily by a mix of A330-300 and 777-300ER aircraft. Jet Airways has stopped accepting bookings for the non-stop flight between Mumbai and Hong Kong from March 23, 2019. For now, Jet Airways operates a 777-300ER aircraft but from March 23, an A330-200 was scheduled to operate this route.
Even Manchester-Mumbai route is shutting down indefinitely which is operated by an A330-200. So it is safe to say, it has something to do with the A332, perhaps it has been grounded, or removed for service.
Apart from Hong Kong, there are several other routes and frequencies that are axed on both domestic as well as international network.
Jet Airways operates or used to operate in some cases international routes on its widebody apart from narrowbody aircraft. A lot of routes operated by A330/B777 apart from those operated by Boeing 737 have been cancelled.
For the past few days, Jet Airways has been cancelling a lot of international narrowbody routes. These are affected the most as around 50 737 aircraft are currently grounded.
- Singapore: Jet Airways used to operate 3x daily flights from Mumbai and Delhi each. It is now down to just a single daily flight from Mumbai and Delhi. Jet Airways 2x daily flights to Singapore from Bengaluru and daily flights from Pune have been cancelled for days now.
- Bangkok: Jet Airways used to operate 3x daily flights each from Mumbai and Delhi to Bangkok. Currently, Jet Airways is operating a single daily flight from Mumbai and Delhi each.
- Dubai: Jet Airways used to operate 6-7x daily flights from Mumbai to Dubai and 4x daily flights from Delhi. Dubai was one of their strongholds. Jet Airways has completely pulled out of Delhi-Dubai route and has reduced frequency to just a single daily 737 flights from Mumbai to Dubai.
- Doha: Jet Airways has already cancelled flights from Delhi to Doha. In addition to it, Jet Airways has reduced frequency from 2x daily to 1x daily on Mumbai-Doha route.
- Abu Dhabi: Jet Airways has completely pulled out of Abu Dhabi overnight.
- Kuwait: Jet Airways has reduced flights to single daily from 2x daily on Mumbai-Kuwait route. Though they are accepting bookings for the single daily flight only from May 1, 2019.
- Riyadh: Jet Airways has cancelled its daily flights from Delhi to Riyadh but continue to operate a daily flight from Mumbai.
- Kathmandu: Jet Airways has reduced flights from Delhi to Katmandu to 2x daily from 4x daily.
- Dhaka: Jet Airways has already cancelled flights from Kolkata to Dhaka and they are cancelling flights to Dhaka from Delhi as well. Only flights from Mumbai to Dhaka are bookable now.
Apart from these a lot of routes were suspended like Delhi – Dammam, Mumbai – Dammam, Mumbai-Bahrain and so on. Jet Airways’ regional international route map looked somewhat like this in October 2018.
And this is how it looks like now. Just look at how many routes are axed in just a few months.
I have been tracking Jet Airways network consolidations for months now. If you have read my earlier posts, you may remember that most of the routes that are cancelled now were newly added routes like seventh daily Mumbai – Dubai, second daily Mumbai – Doha and so on.
We already shared that Jet Airways has cancelled Mumbai-Manchester route indefinitely. Jet Airways owns 10 Boeing 777-300ER and a couple of A330 aircraft so the impact on flights to Europe will be minimum.
Jet Airways haven’t cancelled any flights to Amsterdam and Paris as of now. All flights are bookable through the entire schedule and are operating normally. They also operate 3x daily flights on Mumbai-London Heathrow and 1x daily on Delhi-London Heathrow route.
In case of flights to London, only full fare tickets are available on 9W 116/115 Mumbai – London Heathrow from March 31, through April and May. This was the third daily rotation that Jet Airways introduced on Mumbai-London Heathrow route a few years back. Is this frequency also on the way out?
Jet Airways has taken a severe blow to its domestic schedule due to the grounding of their workhorse, the 737 NG. Around 50 Boeing 737 are grounded at the moment.
- Mumbai: Jet Airways has two hubs: Delhi and Mumbai. Mumbai is regarded as their fortress. As Mumbai is the most slot constrained airport and slots are rarely available, Jet Airways being one of the largest carriers at Mumbai has to protect it even in hard times. Still, Jet Airways has cancelled 73 departures out 117 departures from Mumbai airport for March 21, 2019. But there are also flights affected due to Mumbai airport closure. Jet Airways has cancelled fewer flights on days not affected by airport closure.
- Delhi: Reducing the impact of cancellations from Mumbai due to groundings has taken a toll at their Delhi hub. Jet Airways had cancelled 62 departures out of Delhi out of 106 published departures on March 18, 2019. On March 21, 2019, the number of scheduled departures is down to 31 departures only!!! This is how badly Delhi is hit due to groundings. Out of those 31 scheduled departures on March 21, 2019, 20 are to be operated by 737-800 (7x to Mumbai, 3x to Amritsar, 2x to Katmandu, 2x to Dehradun, 1 each to Pune, Dhaka, Kochi, Srinagar, Singapore and Bangkok). That’s only 15 domestic departures on 737-800. Jet Airways will operate 9 flights to various destinations like Bhopal, Udaipur, Chandigarh, Jaipur and so-on on their ATR 72-500 fleet. The rest two departures are to London and Amsterdam. There are no departures to any other metro cities except Mumbai. None to Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai or Kolkata.
- Bengaluru: Jet Airways has only 3 departures scheduled out of Bengaluru on March 21, 2019; one each to Mumbai, Delhi and Amsterdam. They have cancelled 26 flights out Bengaluru and are doing so for many days.
- Chennai: Jet Airways has only 4 scheduled departures out of Chennai on March 21, 2019: 3 flights to Mumbai and 1 flight to Paris. They have cancelled 16 departures out of Chennai.
- Hyderabad: Jet Airways has 2 scheduled departures to Mumbai on March 21, 2019. Jet Airways has cancelled 4 out of 6 departures.
- Kolkata: Jet Airways has only 2 scheduled departures out of Kolkata on March 21, 2019; one each to Guwahati and Mumbai. Jet Airways has cancelled 8 out of 10 departures.
All of these cancellations aren’t last minute. Some flights have been cancelled since weeks, some since days and some today. As for cancellations, Jet Airways seems to have stopped flights to numerous cities all together like Mangalore, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram, Bhuj, Coimbatore and so-on.
Adding to this, lessors are offering SpiceJet 50 grounded Jet Airways 737 NG on dry lease. Truly a sad moment for the airline and its passengers. Hope the crisis resolves soon.
How are you affected by the Jet Airways cancelled flights scenario?