Friday, August 10, 2012

NEWS| Kingfisher's 30 flights cancelled as pilots protest unpaid salaries

Kingfisher Airlines is headed for more of a crisis, with a section of its pilots striking work over unpaid salaries, airport operators turning it down and its lessors threatening to take control unless dues are cleared.

Pilots are protesting even as Kingfisher chairman Vijay Mallya said in a media interview he’d re-capitalise the airline whether or not the proposal to allow foreign direct investment in the aviation sector was allowed. The airline management wrote to the flight operations department that the salaries for March would be paid from next Monday. However, these assurances failed to convince the agitating employees.
On Wednesday, 30 of the airline's flights were cancelled. In Delhi, flights to Chandigarh, Dehradun and other places in the region were disrupted as pilots stayed away. The airline has downsized operations, operating a little over 100 flights. Its market share has fallen to five per cent, the smallest among domestic airlines; it is only plying barely a dozen of its planes. Several of the pilots have already left to join other airlines.


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