India’s Jet Airways appears to have suspended all its international flights, bringing fresh fears about the survival of country’s largest private airline.
The airline, saddled with more than $1bn (£765m) in debt, is seeking a financial lifeline to avoid collapse.
The Indian government said steps were being taken to ensure passenger safety after flights were cancelled.
Carriers in India must maintain a fleet of least 20 aircraft to continue to operate international services.
In earlier week, the airline grounded 10 more planes over unpaid fees to leasing firms and several local media reported the airline is now operating 14 planes.
As of posting, the airline has more than 100 aircraft in its fleet, and flies on 600 domestic and 380 international routes.
India’s Aviation Minister, Suresh Prabhu, tweeted that his ministry would “review issues related to Jet Airways” and “take necessary steps to minimise passenger inconvenience and ensure their safety”.
Various local reports from India said that Jet Airways had cancelled all international flights, which include services to Europe and Asia.
In a statement on Thursday, Singapore’s Changi Airport said Jet Airways had “suspended its services to and from Singapore until further notice”.
All Jet Airways’ international flights scheduled to depart on Friday from Delhi – to Singapore, London, Amsterdam and two to Kathmandu – are cancelled, the airport’s website says.
And according to the official website for London’s Heathrow airport, Jet Airways’ Friday flights to Mumbai and Delhi will not operate.
A Heathrow spokesperson said: “We are aware of this situation and our main priority is working with our passenger service teams to support those affected. We advise travellers to contact the airline for the latest information.”
The airline was founded by Naresh Goyal more than 25 years ago and he and his family currently own 52% of the airline, although that majority stake is expected to be lost as lenders’ restructure the debt.
A consortium of investors led by the State Bank of India (SBI) took control of the airline in March.
The group is searching a new investor to acquire a stake of up to 75% in Jet Airways. The deadline for bids had been extended to Friday, according to reports.