March 25, 2019 / 4:04 AM / a month ago

India's Jet Airways founder Goyal to quit as chairman on Monday -ET Now

March 25 (Reuters) - Jet Airways Ltd Chairman Naresh Goyal and his wife Anita Goyal are expected to leave the board of the cash-strapped airline on Monday, ET Now television channel reported bit.ly/2uqgHdB.

Chief Executive Vinay Dube is expected to stay on board the 25-year-old airline Goyal set up with his wife in 1993, according to the report.

Earlier this month, Reuters reported that Goyal had agreed to step down as chairman and reduce his 51 percent stake in the airline.

The report also said that Jet’s lenders may invoke Goyal’s entire stake in the airline, and start looking for a new buyer in the coming weeks.

Saddled with more than $1 billion of debt, Jet is struggling to stay afloat. It has delayed payments to banks, suppliers, pilots and lessors - some of which have forced the airline to ground as many as 40 planes.

Jet has survived a near-death experience once before; in 2013, Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways injected $600 million of capital for a 24 percent stake in the airline, three London Heathrow slots and a majority share in Jet’s frequent flyer programme. The infusion helped Jet pare down debt and fight growing domestic competition.

Etihad’s stake is likely to be diluted in the near future, the television channel reported.

Jet Airways was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Reuters. (Reporting by Chandini Monnappa in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)

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