Embattled Jet Airways put photographs of smiling women employees on social media last week for Women\u2019s Day, using the tagline \u201cStanding tall; touching the skies\u201d, but few passengers reacted cheerfully. \u201c\u2018Touching the skies\u2019 is a good joke at a time when your flights are getting grounded,\u201d said a respondent on Twitter, while others expressed anger and dismay at cancellations, delays in refunds and long response times to telephone calls. India\u2019s second-largest carrier, grappling with debt of more than $1 billion, Jet has delayed payments to banks, lessors, vendors and staff. Lessors have grounded more than three dozen planes, forcing hundreds of flights to be cancelled. Rising customer frustration could bring further disruption for the 25-year-old airline, as some flyers backed a boycott, while others blamed cancellations for ruining their plans. \u201cWe had to worry about rebooking flights during our wedding, when there is already so much to do,\u201d said Siddhant Agarwal, a 32-year-old businessman whose flight home from his honeymoon was abruptly cancelled just days before his marriage. Agarwal, who is based in New Delhi, had to pay nearly twice as much for new tickets, he said. \u201cThey did not even offer an apology, which is disappointing and unprofessional.\u201d The airline, partly owned by Etihad Airways, said in a statement it continues to make adjustments to its flight schedule, keeping the regulator and passengers informed well in advance, and offers re-accommodation choices or refunds. Jet said it is \u201cactively engaged with its partner airlines and aircraft lessors, providing them regular updates on its efforts to improve liquidity as well as ensure operational reliability\u201d. Amid talks for a bailout led by state-run banks, lessors have forced the airline to ground at least 37 planes over non-payment of dues and some have also threatened repossession. It had 556 flights on average in January, down from 641 a year earlier, data from the aviation regulator showed. Jet has planned cancellations of more than 600 flights in March, said one source with direct knowledge of the matter. Monday\u2019s tally of about 330 flights compared with a daily average of nearly 650 in March 2018, a second source said, adding that short notice about grounded planes triggered many unplanned cancellations. \u201cThe bigger worry is if people stop future bookings, because that will affect cash flows,\u201d said the source, adding that cancellations in February and March outstripped prior months. Jet Airways\u2019 market share shrank to 14.3% in 2018 from 17.2% a year earlier, even as India\u2019s aviation market grew nearly a fifth. Some of the hundreds of aggrieved passengers who posted on the airline\u2019s Facebook page and Twitter told of delays on the way to wedding and festival celebrations. Also read:\u00a0Need action: 108 economists, scientists tell Modi government to restore the integrity of data Several uploaded screenshots showing telephone wait times of longer than an hour for a response from the customer call centre. After a last-minute cancellation, comedian Kenny Sebastian expressed outrage on Twitter, warning his 1.74 million followers to avoid the airline. \u201cBest part is, they made it sound like it was the passengers\u2019 fault,\u201d he said this week.