The Jet Airways delegation put forth twin requests for expediting the bidding process and ensuring the early payment of pending employee salaries at the meeting, which was also attended by Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungatiwar. The team was led by Jet Airways Chief Executive Officer Vinay Dube and Chief Financial Officer Amit Agarwal.
"When we requested Mr Jaitley to expedite the bidding process, he said it will be completed within four-five weeks. We also requested that pending salaries of employees be released in the interim period, considering that may have not been paid for three to four months. He said that he will speak to the banks in this regard," Mr Agarwal told NDTV.
He, however, could not commit to Jet Airways employees ending their protests in the wake of the meeting with the Union Finance Minister. "Please understand - this is an emotional issue concerning people who have put in more than 25 years of work. I can't say whether they will stop or not, but we aim to constructively resurrect the airline," Mr Agarwal said, adding that they were hoping for a positive outcome.
Ashish Mohanty, an engineer who was part of the delegation, said Mr Jaitley listened to their problems patiently. "He said that his main aim is to save the employees. But we don't want the passengers to be put to any inconvenience either. We are hoping for positive things," he said.
Jet Airways, India's oldest private carrier, suspended all its operations on Wednesday after banks refused to release emergency funding.