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October 1, 2012

Kingfisher cancels flights due to employees unrest

     Mumbai: A number of flights of Kingfisher Airlines will be disrupted on Monday in the backdrop of a section of engineers going on strike over non-payment of salaries. "A section of employees of Kingfisher Airlines have not been reporting to work over the last fortnight and over the past two days. They have been threatening, and even manhandling, the employees who are reporting to work as usual," said Kingfisher Airlines in a statement earlier. "With a view to mitigating the impact of these anticipated disruptions, we are proactively cancelling several flights across our network for October 1, 2012," it added.

The Vijay Mallya-owned airline, however, did not give further details on the cancellations. Meanwhile, the passengers at the Mumbai airport looked hassled after the cancellation of flights. "I was informed about the cancellation of flights, when I arrived at the airport. I had to go to Delhi for some important work. We are facing problems and I have read several times in the newspapers that their flights are cancelled on a regular basis. I feel that the government must take strict action against them," said Suresh Jain, a passenger. The Kingfisher management, which has not paid salaries to most of its staff since March, had a meeting with employee representatives last week, but failed to give any firm assurance. As per the norms of DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation), an aircraft cannot take off unless its airworthiness is certified by the airline's engineers. Kingfisher is saddled with huge debts and has grounded most of its fleet.

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