Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 22 May 2019

The government should have stepped in to save Jet Airways

Our readers have their say about Jet Airways, the UAE's first Hindu temple and feeling at home in the UAE

Jet Airways aircraft are seen parked at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai. REUTERS
Jet Airways aircraft are seen parked at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai. REUTERS

I refer to your news item Jet Airways lenders look to offload as much as 75% of embattled carrier (April 8).

It is highly regrettable that Jet Airways had to ground its carriers. Jet Airways was a popular airline connecting the vast Indian subcontinent. It is unfortunate that the government did not intervene to save the airline from total bankruptcy. Even the consortium of Indian banks could have been more proactive.

Now Indians and tourists can no longer travel easily and cheaply within the country. Other airlines have increased their ticket prices due to incremental demand.

A ticket from Mumbai to Delhi which used to cost Dh370, now costs Dh1,500.

Indians might need to rely on travel by trains, due to lack of adequate options.

The current government had promised “aache din” (good days) to the people. Sadly, they do not seem to be coming.

We are in the middle of an election, and a major airline in the country has folded. Surely something could have been done to save an airline that had almost 20 per cent market share and offered decent service.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Hindus eager for the UAE’s first temple to open its doors

I write to you in reference to Ramola Talwar Badam’s article Everything we know about the UAE’s first traditional Hindu temple (April 19).

The stone-laying ceremony of the UAE’s first Hindu temple was a true testament to the enduring relations between the UAE and India.

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always had a good rapport with UAE leaders and friendly relations between the two peoples go back centuries.

Indian residents in the UAE have been longing for a traditional Hindu temple where they can practise their faith when they are away from home and this wish is now finally going to be fulfilled.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

The UAE has truly become my home away from home

I write to you in reference to Farah Andrews’ article Why we should all stop asking ourselves ‘when are we going home?’ (April 6).

This is an excellent article that truly reflect my own feelings about the country.

I have lived in the UAE for the past 15 years and I am proud to say the country has truly become my home away from home.

Name withheld by request

Updated: April 20, 2019 08:29 PM

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