Kingfisher cuts more flights, DGCA frowns
Financially crippled Kingfisher Airlines could be headed for fresh trouble with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) taking a serious note of its flight cancellations over the past two days.india Updated: Feb 20, 2012 01:10 IST
Financially crippled Kingfisher Airlines could be headed for fresh trouble with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) taking a serious note of its flight cancellations over the past two days.
Sources said the DGCA could issue a notice as the airline failed to inform the regulator about the massive cancellations, and even the prospect of terminating its permit loomed large.
"We have received reports about the large-scale cancellations. They were bound to inform us when they cut their schedule but they didn't. We will decide what to do after gathering information from all the centres," said DGCA chief EK Bharat Bhushan said.
Kingfisher on Sunday cancelled or delayed nearly half its flights and negotiated with the authorities to lift the freeze on its bank accounts. Flights were cancelled in Delhi (12), Mumbai (16), Bangalore (23) and Chennai (3).
The airline has stopped operations from Indore, Raipur and Kolkata and has scheduled a lone flight from Patna.
Operations to Bangkok, Singapore, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Lucknow, Bhubaneswar, Srinagar and Hyderabad too have been hit.
Airlines require prior approval of the DGCA to curtail flights. A financial audit by the DGCA in December last year had noted that a reasonable case existed for withdrawal of Kingfisher's licence as the airline's financial stress was likely to compromise its air safety.
Kingfisher requires an immediate capital infusion of Rs 2500 crore to fund its daily operations. The airline didn't respond to emails from HT but had earlier said operations would return to normal by Wednesday.
The airline had been running a truncated schedule till the latest crisis broke out. It was operating only 240 flights after 175 slots allotted to it under the winter schedule were cancelled.