Troubled carrier Kingfisher Airlines may be allowed more time beyond the 15 days it was given to reply to a notice from the civil aviation regulator, two regulatory sources said on Friday.
The industry regulator asked Kingfisher on October 5 to explain why its permit to fly should not be suspended or cancelled, and had given it 15 days to reply.
On October 5, the aviation regulator had issued a show cause notice to Kingfisher Airlines, asking why its permit should not be cancelled or suspended as it had failed to "establish a safe, efficient and reliable service".
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said that the airline, which suspended operations and declared a partial lockout till October 12, had been abruptly cancelling flights time and again in the last 10 months, causing great inconvenience to fliers.
The aviation ministry said Kingfisher Airlines' operations had been under suspension since September 30. It said the DGCA had summoned its CEO and asked for an operational plan.
Meanwhile, State Bank of India said Kingfisher Airlines lenders had decided to release funds to the debt-ridden airline on "humanitarian grounds".
(With Reuters and HT inputs)