Wednesday, August 22, 2012

NEWS| No plans to shut down Kingfisher Airlines: Government

Even as operations of Kingfisher Airlines are shrinking by the day, the government seems intent to let the airline flying.Even as operations of Kingfisher Airlinesare shrinking by the day, the government seems intent to let the airline flying. The cash-strapped airline, which is undergoing a safety audit by the sector watchdogDirectorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has shrunk its summer schedule further without any prior information to the government.

Instead of 118 flights per day with 9 Airbus 320 aircraft and 8 ATRs — as it had promised in the summer schedule — it is now operating 85 flights with 6 A 320 aircraft and 5 ATRs. The remaining six aircraft are sitting on the ground due to engine problems.

According to officials in the ministry of civil aviation, the safety audit report should be submitted next week. "Even if the airline is found to have safety issues, we don't shut it down. We will instead ask it to take corrective action," the official told ET, requesting anonymity.


SOURCEhttp://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/no-plans-to-shut-down-kingfisher-airlines-government/articleshow/15594480.cms

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