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KFA to decide on lifting partial lockout on Oct 4

Agencies  New Delhi, October 02, 2012
First Published: 13:12 IST(2/10/2012) | Last Updated: 13:16 IST(2/10/2012)

Kingfisher Airlines will take a call on lifting a partial lockout on October 4, chief executive Sanjay Aggarwal said on Tuesday.

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The airline is engaging in talks with employees, Aggarwal told reporters after a meeting with the country's aviation regulator.

Kingfisher declared a partial lockout and cancelled all of its flights through Thursday, as labour unrest exacerbates troubles for the debt-laden company.

Earlier, Kingfisher said the lockout followed "unabated incidents of violence, criminal intimidation, assault, wrongful restraint and other illegal acts" by some employees.

Not a single flight took off on Monday as pilots joined engineers, who have been on strike since Saturday. Kingfisher has been hit by repeated strikes for close to a year now.

Aviation minister Ajit Singh said Kingfisher would not be allowed to fly if safety rules were not followed.

(With Reuters and HT inputs)

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