Kingfisher must satisfy regulator to fly again says Ajit Singh

By: admin
Updated: 05 Oct 2012 01:48 AM

New Delhi: As
Kingfisher Airlines extended its partial lockout by a week till October
12, Civil Aviation minister Ajit Singh on Friday said the debt-ridden
company will have to satisfy airline regulator DGCA on safety before it
gets permission to fly again.

"There are a lot of factors
involved in it. That includes the salaries of the employees, their
disgruntlement issues and others. If the employees are disgruntled there
is an issue of safety.

"In order to give them permission to fly,
they have to satisfy the DGCA on all these issues. The rest is if the law
allows or...if we want to suspend their licence or revoke it, we have to
see if the law permits," Singh told reporters.

The airline last
night extended its partial lockout till October 12 as talks between its
management and employees failed to break the deadlock over non-payment of
salaries for the last seven months.

Striking engineers and pilots
have rejected the airline management's offer of one month salary dues in
the next few days and remaining amount once the airline is recapitalised.

said the Kingfisher employees were hopeful till this stage and these
strikes were limited to only a section of employees but now engineers have
gone on strike raising the problem of maintenance.

"There are lot
of companies that fail. There are a number of them that revive after
failing. If a company has a loss period of five years, it does not mean it
can't revive itself.

"Here we have only two responsibilities. One
is that the planes must fly safely and second is that they maintain their
schedules so that there is no inconvenience to the passengers," Singh
said, adding each aircraft must have an airworthiness certificate from
engineers before it can fly.

"The planes must be airworthy and
they have to give a satisfactory report to the DGCA that the planes will
be flying safely," he said.

Kingfisher has been saddled with a
huge loss of Rs. 8,000 crore and a debt burden of another over Rs. 7,000
crore, a large part of which it has not serviced since January.

of its aircraft have been either taken away by its lessors or grounded by
the Airports Authority of India for non-payment of dues during the past
few months.

Kingfisher Airlines employees staged protests in
several cities today. A group of employees took out a march from Mumbai
airport to Kingfisher House.

Meanwhile, employees in Delhi plan
to hold a candlelight vigil during the day.

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