Tuesday, October 2, 2012

NEWS | Kingfisher Airlines declares partial lockout, suspends flights till Thursday

The operations got completely paralysed today after pilots and some other staff joined the striking engineers protesting non-payment of salaries.Kingfisher Airlines, late Monday evening, declared a "partial lockout with immediate effect", ascribing the move to a series of "protracted and unabated incidents of violence, criminal intimidation, assault, wrongful restraint" by a section of non-management engineering staff. 

The email from Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Agarwal, sent out at 10 pm to his colleagues, said the "illegal actions", including the strike, has forced the airline to ground all its aircraft. "The partial lockout is declared with immediate effect in respect of the non-management employees belonging to the engineering and flight operations departments," Agarwal said in his email. 

The company management will review the situation on Thursday or the day on which this illegal strike is called off, whichever is earlier, he added. 

The internal mail was followed by a press statement that said: "Kingfisher Airlines has more than sufficient number of staff to safely operate its current schedule of flights as per the holding plan." 

Earlier on Monday, Kingfisher AirlinesBSE -4.78 %appeared to be on the brink as operations came to a complete standstill after striking engineers refused to certify the air-worthiness of its planes. 



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