February 28, 2019 / 2:03 PM / 4 months ago

Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal agrees to step down as chairman - source

NEW DELHI, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Jet Airways’ founder Naresh Goyal has agreed to step down as chairman of the airline’s board, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Thursday, as the cash-strapped Indian carrier inches closer to securing a rescue deal.

Eithad, which owns a 24 percent stake in Jet Airways, is however reticent to provide interim funding of about 7 billion rupees ($99 million) to Jet Airways, the source said. Jet did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Saddled with a billion dollars in debt, Jet has defaulted on loans and has not paid pilots, leasing firms and suppliers for months. Lessors have grounded more than a dozen of its planes pending payment of dues. ($1 = 70.9280 Indian rupees) (Reporting by Aftab Ahmed in New Delhi; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)

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