The Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday granted the air operator certificate to Jet Airways, paving the way for the airline to resume flight operations three years after it shut down after running into debt. The once-popular airline has not flown since April 17, 2019, when Naresh Goyal owned it.
Earlier this month, the Union home ministry granted security clearance to new promoters of Jet Airways, Jalan-Kalrock Consortium, clearing the road for its relaunch.
The airline had earlier conducted test flights to and from Hyderabad, with Boeing 737 aircraft. Jet Airways has reportedly already hired more than 200 people across major functions and has been awaiting the aviation regulator’s nod to resume operations.
The operations had halted after two decades when it failed to get funds to run operations, leaving as many as 20,000 workers jobless. It also had a strategic partnership with Etihad Airways. The airline initially started cancelling flights, cutting routes, grounding planes, and handing pink slips to employees due to the cash crunch. In June 2019, insolvency proceedings were initiated against the airline.
In June last year, the NCLT approved the insolvency resolution plan submitted by UK-based Kalrock Capital and UAE-based businessman Jalan. The consortium proposed to pay ₹1,183 crore to creditors over a period of five years from the proceeds of the sale of assets and cash flow.