Kingfisher fleet stays grounded

15 Oct 2012

Kingfisher Airlines has extended its suspension of flight operations for a second time and this will now continue until at least October 20.

The airline ceased flight operations on October 1 after employee unrest over working for months without payment culminated in action where a member of Kingfisher management was physically attacked, passengers were stranded on an aircraft for hours and a strike was initiated (see here).

At first, Kingfisher said it would restart flight operations on October 5, but the “partial lockout” was then extended until October 12 (see here).

“The company is continuing to work with, and appeal to, the employees striking to return to work so that the airline can share its resumption plan with DGCA [Directorate General Of Civil Aviation] and gain their concurrence,” Kingfisher said in a statement issued this weekend.

“At this time, the airline is hopeful of resuming operations starting October 21.”

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Nicholas Olczak

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