India's debt-laden Jet Airways has grounded seven more planes after failing to pay for its aircraft leases, heaping pressure on its founder as a ballooning crisis threatens its survival.
The beleaguered airline, gasping under debts of more than $1 billion, had grounded six planes earlier this week, and is also facing the threat of strike action over salary payments.
In a statement late Friday announcing the latest groun-dings, the airline said it was "making all efforts to minimise disruption to its network ... and is proactively informing and re-accommodating its affected guests".
The Mumbai-based airline has now been left with just a quarter of its fleet of 119 aircraft in operation.
Jet, which employs more than 20,000 people, has also been facing pressure from pilots who have not been paid on time, with unions threatening they will walk off the job if salaries do not arrive soon.