Kingfisher asked to give details of plans to reconfigure fleet
Ailing Kingfisher Airlines, which cancelled more than 160 flights over the last six days, has been asked by aviation regulator DGCA to give details of any plans to reconfigure its fleet to prevent large-scale flight disruption.delhi Updated: Nov 12, 2011 15:41 IST
Ailing Kingfisher Airlines, which cancelled more than 160 flights over the last six days, has been asked by aviation regulator DGCA to give details of any plans to reconfigure its fleet to prevent large-scale flight disruption.
Maintaining that it has received some "interim replies" from liquor baron Vijay Mallya-owned carrier, sources in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said more details were awaited as it had been found that the airline was not operating flights as per the approved winter schedule.
Mallya, meanwhile, tweeted: "Every government has gone out of the way to support airlines and connectivity. In India airlines are overtaxed and overcharged. Wonder why?"
In another tweet, he posed: "Is it Kingfisher's duty 2 fly on loss making routes when state governments tax heavily? Or should v be financially prudent n fly profitably".
Kingfisher, which has been cancelling over 30 flights each day since Monday, had on Friday cancelled 40 services across its network.
DGCA, which issued a showcause notice to Kingfisher in this regard, has also sent similar notices to IndiGo and SpiceJet and asked them to submit their cancellation details.
"When the schedule for winter was approved, it was with immediate effect. So we took a stock of the position and on that basis, we asked them to explain," DGCA chief E K Bharat Bhushan said.
He also warned that if the airlines were found not operating the slots allotted to them, these will be given to others who are willing to operate "regardless of who it is".
As its shares crashed to a record low amid continuing debt fears, the beleaguered Kingfisher airlines sought the government's intervention to help it restructure its finances.