November 10, 2011

Kingfisher asked to explain cancellations of flights

Kingfisher airlines, owned by Vijay Mallya, has been asked to explain why it cancelled at least 80 flights over the last three days.

Passengers have been complaining that they were given virtually no notice about the cancellations.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which is the regulatory body for airlines, has said that Kingfisher has been sent a notice.  Rules mandate that airlines need permission from the DGCA before rescheduling flights.  The DGCA also asked Kingfisher how to plans to compensate the passengers whose flights have been affected.

Kingfisher, which has been hit by severe losses, has been criticized over the last few weeks by its passengers.  Flights have been delayed by hours because payments to fuel companies were not made, preventing aircraft from taking off.

Jet fuel supplies were stopped by state-run HPCL as the airline owes about Rs. 600 crore to it, aviation sources said. BPCL is also not supplying fuel to the airline following an ongoing court case over alleged non-payment of about Rs. 250 crore dues. Indian Oil Corporation has stopped credit to the airline and put it on a cash-and-carry mode, implying that it would have to pay for fuel on a daily basis.

(With inputs from PTI)

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