Waiting for Kingfisher to reply to show cause notice: Ajit Singh

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 12, 2012 09:40 hrs

New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Friday said that 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.

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