Kingfisher must give concrete plans on funds, says minister


Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh today reiterated that Kingfisher Airlines would have to satisfy the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on all aspects, including safety, surety of continuation of hassle-free operations and clearance of dues.

According to reports from Hyderabad, Singh told mediapersons that

"DGCA has served a showcause notice to Kingfisher to reply within 15 days...They (Kingfisher) have to come out with concrete plans on (how they are) arranging the finance and how they will pay salaries of employees and make other arrangements to run the airline."

Singh was further quoted as saying that the airline will have to satisfy the DGCA that "there will be no safety issues and there will be no problems due to the financial crisis."

On the issue of cancellation of licence, Singh said: "It will depend on what reply Kingfisher gives and DGCA will decide that."

On Friday, DGCA had issued a showcause notice to Kingfisher Airlines asking why its flying license should not be suspended or cancelled as it had grounded its entire fleet and failed to offer safe, efficient and reliable service.

The showcause notice was issued after operations of the Vijay Mallya-promoted Kingfisher Airlines was hit since September 30, after its employees went on strike due to non-payment of salaries since March this year. On October 1, the airline announced a partial lockout till October 4. The lockout was later extended to October 12.

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