Ajit Singh warns Kingfisher Airlines for frequent strikes; says DGCA needs to be satisfied with safety measures

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Ajit Singh warns Kingfisher Airlines for frequent strikes;
The civil aviation minister, Ajit Singh has warned Kingfisher Airlines that the frequent strikes due to labour unrest have been against the safety guidelines of the regulator and the debt-laden company will have to ensure that they operated flights as per the schedule they have submitted to the DGCA.

"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," said Ajit Singh to a media.

The statement of the minister came on the backdrop of ongoing strike by engineers at Kingfisher Airlines, following which management declared partial lockout on Monday, resulting into complete halting of the already curtailed operations for an uncertain period. 

Kingfisher, which is struggling under a USD 1.4 billion debt, came to a grinding halt when some employees failed to report to work following months of unpaid salaries.

KFA's CEO Sanjay Agarwal said that promoters have been in talks with banks for releasing some funds, which would help pay the salaries for employees by October 4.

Moreover, in another blow to the beleaguered airline, the DGCA has given an ultimatum to the company that it would have to pay the employees by a set timeline and come up with a new revived plan for operations, before it goes into air again.

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Story first published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 9:32 [IST]
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