The civil aviation minister, Ajit Singh, on Tuesday warned Kingfisher AirlinesBSE -4.89 % that the regulator cannot ignore frequent cancellation of flights due to employee agitation in the first sign that the government is getting increasingly irritated with the rising number of disruptions in the airline's schedule.
"Disruption of (flight) schedule has become an issue with Kingfisher Airlines. While the issue of passenger safety is paramount and cannot be jeopardised and DGCA needs to be satisfied that there are no safety concerns, Kingfisher has to also ensure that they operate flights as per the schedule they have submitted to the DGCA," Singh told ET over phone.
"Minor disruptions do happen. But with Kingfisher, the regulator does not even know when they are likely to cancel flights," Singh rued. Some sections in the industry believe the ministry has been lenient with the debt-laden airline