Cancellation of Kingfisher flights continues for second day

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 19, 2012 09:24 hrs

New Delhi: Flight schedules of Kingfisher Airlines was disrupted for the second day on Sunday as it cancelled a large number of flights with the Income Tax department freezing some of its accounts.

As many as 16 flights from Mumbai and four from Delhi, including one to Kathmandu were cancelled. Operations from Kolkata, from where it operates at least seven flights each day, are halted since Friday night.

Alarmed over reports of large-scale flight disruptions, Directorate General of Civil Aviation has started gathering information on the cancellations and delays and would decide whether to initiate any action on the airline on that basis.

"We have received reports about large-scale cancellations. They are bound to inform us when they cut their schedule. But they have not done so," DGCA chief E K Bharat Bhushan said.

He said if the reports were true, such large of flight disruption would constitute violation of rules.

"We are gathering information from all the centres. Once we get this, we will decide what to do," he said.

Under Rule 140(A) of the Aircraft Rules, 1937 operators require to have prior approval of DGCA to curtail their flight schedules.

Bhushan also said that messages have been sent by the DGCA to all other airlines to accommodate all passengers stranded due to these cancellations by Kingfisher.

"They have to do this without enhancing the fares," he said when asked about the severe hardships being faced by the passengers of cancelled Kingfisher flights. MORE

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