November 19, 2018 / 8:30 AM / 22 days ago

India's aviation minister orders safety audit of all airlines: TV

A passenger plane passes the moon as it comes into land at the international airport in Chennai, India, September 25, 2018. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s civil aviation minister has ordered a safety audit of all domestic airlines, including struggling carrier Jet Airways Ltd (JET.NS), news channel CNBC-TV18 reported on Monday.

The aviation safety watchdog, Directorate General of Civil Aviation, has been asked to conduct the audit, the channel cited federal minister Suresh Prabhu as saying.

Jet Airways is cutting costs and seeking funds to stay afloat. It owes money to vendors and employees alike, the airline said earlier this month after it reported its third consecutive quarterly loss.

Reporting by Aditi Shah; Editing by Malini Menon

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