Jet only had five planes left due to unpaid lessor fees and had been operating on borrowed time for many months with pilots and other workers still owed several months’ salary.
“Since no emergency funding from the lenders or any other source is forthcoming, we will not be able to pay for fuel or other critical services to keep the operations going,” the airline said.
“Consequently, with immediate effect, we are compelled to cancel all our international and domestic flights temporarily.”
“This decision has been taken after a painstaking evaluation of all alternatives that were made available to the airline and after receiving guidance and advice on the same from the board,” the airline added.
The airline will likely stay shuttered until the first round of bidding for a stake in the business is completed.
The airline’s lenders have taken submissions from four bidders – current shareholder Etihad Group, national investment fund NIIF, TPG, and airline investor Indigo Partners.
A stake of up to 75% is up for grabs.
“We are actively working to try and ensure that the bid process leads to a viable solution for the company,” a Jet Airways statement said.