Indian carrier Jet Airways could be seeking to take over services to Dubai previously provided by grounded rival Kingfisher Airlines, it was reported.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a senior Indian aviation ministry official said that Jet, the country’s second largest airline, had requested permission for six out of eight of Kingfisher’s international slots, which also include UK, Singapore and Thailand.
The source did not specify which routes Jet, currently in talks to sell a shareholding to Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, had applied for.
Kingfisher has been grounded since October last year following a cash crisis that led to most of its fleet being repossessed by creditors. The Indian government has since refused to renew its license to fly after failing to provide an operating plan.
The routes surrendered by Kingfisher will be redistributed among India’s other carriers, which include state-owned Air India and low-cost carrier SpiceJet, as per government rules.
"Like any other airline, we apply for new slots. It is the ministry's prerogative to give slots," the WSJ quoted a Jet spokeswoman as saying. "We don't know whose slots are given to us.”
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