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Exclusive: Government temporarily withdraws some traffic rights of Jet Airways to 5 countries

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The government has withdrawn some international traffic rights of Jet Airways on five sectors or countries on a temporary basis.

The government has withdrawn some international traffic rights of Jet Airways on five sectors or countries on a temporary basis, sources close to the development told CNBC-TV18.
"There has been a partial withdrawal of overseas flying rights on some sectors for a temporary period. This has taken place for Summer 2019," a person aware of the matter said, requesting anonymity.
The government has temporarily withdrawn Jet Airways' 5,852 seats per week or around 45 percent of its total traffic rights on India-UAE(Dubai) route, leaving 7,154 seats per week still with the cash-strapped airline, sources said.
On India-Hong Kong sector, the struggling carrier has had to give away 50 percent of its flying rights or seven flights per week frequency equivalent to 1,792 seats per week.
Bilateral flying rights are an agreement between two countries that allow each other's airlines to operate services with a specific number of seats.
For India-Qatar, the government has taken away over 65 percent of the airline's international flying rights or 5,670 seats per week leaving the suspended carrier with 2,889 seats per week out of its total pool or 8,559 seats.
One of Jet Airways' most popular routes, Delhi/Mumbai-London, has also seen a reduction in flying rights for the airline. From a total frequency of 28 flights per week, the government has withdrawn 14 flights per week, leaving Jet Airways with 14 for the interim period, sources said.
Around 13 percent or 1,620 seats per week or 10 flights have also been withdrawn by the government from Jet Airways' India-Singapore sector. The airline still has 10,456 seats per week of traffic rights on the sector.
CNBC-TV18 was the first to report on April 25 that the airline had written a letter to the government to not consider any transfer, even if interim, of its international traffic rights and wait for the bidding process to complete as slots and traffic rights are an important asset for an airline.
On May 1, the government sources told CNBC-TV18 that the civil aviation ministry had started examining requests of domestic carriers to take away some international traffic rights of Jet Airways for an interim period.
"We have received requests from different airlines. We will examine them," a senior government official had said, adding that the transfer will be for an interim period.