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NCLT approves another 90-day extension for Jet Airways insolvency process

The 270-day deadline for the insolvency process ended on March 15. FE last week reported that the process had come to a standstill without concrete resolution plans from potential buyers.

By: ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: March 19, 2020 5:03:30 am
Jet airways, NCLT, 90-day extension Jet insolvency process, Jet airways debt The airline was grounded in April 2019, around 16,000 permanent employees and over 6,000 employees were left stranded overnight. (File photo)

The insolvency process for grounded Jet Airways will be extended for another 90 days till mid-June. The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) on Wednesday allowed the extension which was sought by the airline’s resolution professional.

The 270-day deadline for the insolvency process ended on March 15. FE last week reported that the process had come to a standstill without concrete resolution plans from potential buyers.

At least three parties were understood to be interested in the airline which has now been grounded for a year. Last month, a Russian government-backed fund showed interest in the airline at the eleventh hour. As a result, the committee of creditors (CoC) to the debt-laden airline called for a third round of expressions of interest. The Colombian Synergy Group, which had earlier submitted an informal plan conditional on assurance of the airline’s slots in London and Amsterdam, did not take things forward.

Jet Airways ran out of funds to continue operations in April 2019, and has since been grounded. The State Bank of India (SBI) dragged the airline to insolvency court last year, after multiple failed attempts to sell it. The NCLT admitted Jet Airways for insolvency in June 2019. Parties including the Hinduja Group and Etihad Airways were once understood to be interested in the airline, but did not take things forward.

In the absence of promising bids, lenders even initiated the process of monetising some of Jet’s assets by selling its Amsterdam business to Royal Dutch KLM airlines in January.

Jet Airways was India’s second largest airline till 2018, with 13.8 per cent market share. When the airline was grounded in April 2019, around 16,000 permanent employees and over 6,000 employees were left stranded overnight. —FE

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