Due to the cashflow crunch, Jet Airways has suspended all its flights a few days ago. As a result the passengers who had booked their tickets beforehand are suffering.
Among them is the Indian cricket team who is also suffering. This is because BCCI had booked their tickets on May 22 for the team to fly to England for the upcoming World Cup.
BCCI had previously announced the team’s official departure date is May 22. Now the cricketing board is looking for alternative flights so that the initial plans aren’t disturbed.
“It’s a challenge but we are addressing it. The team will leave as planned on or before May 22,” the BCCI official said while speaking to Mumbai Mirror.
Currently there is a need of 30 business class berths for the whole team to travel together. However it seems very tough as the demands have increased with the cancellation of the Jet aircraft.
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Emirates can help solve the issue
Reports from Mumbai Mirror have suggested that BCCI is in talks with Emirates. Both Emirates and Virgin Airways are also sponsors of the World Cup. Last time when India travelled to England in summer, they did that in Virgin itself.
While maybe some of the support staff might be moved to different class, still 25 business class seats are required. The need for increase in seats have risen due to BCCI’s plan of sending four extra pacers with the team.
With the cancellation of Jet Airways flights, the IPL teams are also suffering. This is because Jet Airways used to accommodate extra luggage for bulk bookings. As a result now the teams are facing financial and logistical issues.
Even BCCI can’t delay India’s travel plans as well. This is because the Men in Blue are scheduled to play the first warmup game against New Zealand on May 25.