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Kingfisher Airlines stock hits lower circuit; down 5%

PTI  Mumbai, October 18, 2012
First Published: 12:47 IST(18/10/2012) | Last Updated: 12:58 IST(18/10/2012)

Kingfisher Airlines scrip today fell by about 5% after the company's meeting with the striking employees failed to resolve the deadlock over unpaid salaries.


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Shares of the company opened weak and soon fell by 4.76% to touch the lower circuit limit of Rs. 12 on the BSE.

At NSE, the scrip plunged 4.78% to Rs. 11.95.

The management of KFA, grounded since September 29, will be meeting striking pilots and engineers again on Monday in a bid to end the three-week imbroglio, indicating the crippled airline will have to extend the lockout for a second time.

The KFA management, led by Chief Executive Sanjay Aggarwal and HR head Hitesh Patel on Wednesday met the representatives of pilots and engineers to iron out issues arising out of seven months of unpaid salaries.

The debt-ridden airline, grounded since the past three weeks, had on October 10 said it would resume operations from October 20.

Kingfisher Airline, launched in May 2005, has never made profit, and has a debt pile of over Rs. 8,000 crore, including over Rs. 420 crore of tax arrears.

Meanwhile, in the broader market, the BSE 30-stock index, Sensex, was trading at 18,745.46, up 134.69 points at 1200 hrs.

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