150 flights cut in one week: Will kingfisher face the flak?
Will Vijay Mallya-owned Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) again escape lightly even after cancelling more than 150 flights in the past one week? HT reports. DGCA summons Kingfisher officialsindia Updated: Feb 21, 2012 20:56 IST
Will Vijay Mallya-owned Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) again escape lightly even after cancelling more than 150 flights in the past one week?
Going by past experience, the answer is yes. This is the second time in less than six months that KFA has cancelled flights on such a scale. Last time when it cancelled flights in November, no strong action was taken by aviation regulator the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
This time, too, the DGCA has been a mute spectator. It didn’t inform about the cancellations in advance as mandated under rules, which requires airlines to take prior approval of the DGCA to curtail their flight schedules.
A financial audit by the DGCA in December had noted that a reasonable case existed for withdrawal of KFA’s license as the airline’s financial stress was likely to impinge on safety.
“The DGCA is a toothless tiger because of political interference,” said aviation safety expert Captain Mohan Ranganathan. “KFA has had several serious safety violations but they have all been swept under without any action. The same is the case when it comes to action against all operators.”
“DGCA should suspend the operating permit of KFA until they get their act together and clear all their outstanding dues,” he said.
First Published: Feb 20, 2012 18:07 IST