New Delhi: Saddled with a total liability of about Rs 2,000 crore, the beleaguered no-frill carrier SpiceJet on Monday approached the government and sought urgent financial help to run its daily operations. Top officials of the airline met Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma and made the plea for “urgent relief”.

The minister said any such decision could be taken by the “highest level” in the government and said the request of SpiceJet would be put up before the Prime Minister’s Office and the ministries of Finance and Petroleum. SpiceJet has gradually reduced flights across its network from 332 daily to 239. It has also shrunk its fleet from 58 aircraft to nearly 37.

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