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Kingfisher Airlines likely to halt flights till October 20

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Fri, Oct 12, 2012 20:30 hrs

Kingfisher Airlines is unlikely to end its two week shutdown on Friday, as planned.

The cash-strapped airline has stopped selling tickets on its website through October 20, as it struggles to convince pilots and engineers who haven't been paid for months, to return to work.

The airline's website also warns passengers that "all flights are subject to regulatory approval."

Kingfisher, once one of India's best airlines, grounded flights on October 1.

Earlier on Friday, Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said after Kingfisher Airlines replies to the show cause notice, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) would take a decision if the cash-trapped airline fulfils safety and maintenance requirements.

Singh told media here that the DGCA is bound to take action if the airline fails to adhere to guidelines.

"Let them reply, the DGCA has already given a notice, show cause notice, we have to wait what he says then. The notice has been given on October 05 so therefore it is October 20 when the notice period ends," he said.

The DGCA had issued a show-cause notice to Vijay Mallya-owned carrier on October 5 asking why its flying license should not be suspended or cancelled as it had grounded its entire fleet and failed to offer safe, efficient and reliable service. It has given the airline 15 days to reply.

The Kingfisher management, which has not paid salaries to most of its staff since March, had a meeting with employee representatives earlier, but failed to give any firm assurance.

As per the norms of DGCA, an aircraft cannot take off unless its airworthiness is certified by the airline's engineers. Kingfisher is saddled with huge debts and has grounded most of its fleet. (ANI)



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