Kingfisher Airlines’ flights scheduled to take-off and land at Mumbai airport will operate normally on Sunday with the airline having paid the daily fee of Rs50 lakh for using the airport’s facilities on Saturday.
On Friday, the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) had put the cash-strapped airline on ‘cash and carry mode’, which means that that airline would have to pay Rs50 lakh every day for using the airport’s facilities. “We will allow Kingfisher flights to operate as per schedule on Sunday since they have made the payment,” said a senior MIAL official requesting anonymity.
The airline owes Rs 98 crore to MIAL for using its parking bays and other airfield facilities since the past six months. City travel agents said though a section of passengers were worried about booking seats on Kingfisher flights, the low fares offered by the airline are very tempting.
The airline has been in the news recently after a spate of flight cancellations, purportedly due to a financial crisis.