Kingfisher Pilots on Strike, Several Flights Cancelled

New Delhi/Mumbai, Jul 14 (PTI): Several flights of Kingfisher were cancelled today due to a strike by pilots to protest non-payment of wages for almost five months.

Three flights from Mumbai and several across the airline's entire network were cancelled.

An airlines spokesperson said, "A certain section of employees have decided to stay away from duties due to salary payments not being credited to the bank accounts of all employees by Friday. Kingfisher wishes to state that more than 75 per cent of employees have actually received their promised salaries on Friday".

"We have further promised that the balance of our employees will receive their salaries by Monday", the spokesman said.

The passengers booked on these flights have either been re-booked or given refunds, he said.

This is the third time in the last twelve days that the pilots have struck work. The earlier strike on July 11 saw 12 flights getting cancelled.

The strike on July 2 was called off after a few hours with the management promising to pay some sections of staff from July 6.
Kingfisher is, at present, carrying out truncated domestic and international operations with about 15 aircraft, in place of 64.

A large number of its flight engineers have reportedly quit over the past five months, primarily due to delayed payments. In April, around 200 engineers reported sick as a mark of protest over the issue.

The airline, which has not posted profit since inception in May 2005, has reported a loss of Rs 1,151.50 crore in the March quarter, has a debt of over Rs 7,500 crore and almost an equal amount of accumulated losses.


Top Stories

Comment on this article

  • Najeeb Sheikh, Udupi / Dubai

    Sat, Jul 14 2012

    Mr Mallya Please gie attension in street Bars..Full profit... Stop dancuing with katreena and Deepika ..No money.. No Bollywood

    DisAgree Agree [5] Reply Report Abuse

  • Rahul, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 14 2012

    If the flight is on loss, then instead of flying it, we can make it as an Bar & Restaurant... which will be new experience as well as profit...

    DisAgree Agree [4] Reply Report Abuse

Leave a Comment

Title: Kingfisher Pilots on Strike, Several Flights Cancelled

You have 2000 characters left.


Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article.

Please note that sending false messages to insult, defame, intimidate, mislead or deceive people or to intentionally cause public disorder is punishable under law. It is obligatory on Daijiworld to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request.

Hence, sending offensive comments using daijiworld will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will be held responsible.