1:39 am - Friday April 18, 2014

Kingfisher airlines cancels 12 flights due to pilots’ strike

Kingfisher Airlines had to cancel at least 12 flights on July 11, 2012 as the pilots, who fly the short haul ATR planes, continued their strike for the second day. The pilots went on strike in protest of the non-payment of salaries.

On Wednesday afternoon at least nine flights from Bangalore and three from Delhi were cancelled as many of the pilots did not report to work. One of the airline officials informed that all the flights cancelled involved the operation of 70-seater turboprop ATR fleet of the airline.

Attempts were made by the Kingfisher CEO Sanjay Aggarwal to pacify the agitating cockpit crew, which failed. The CEO had assured in Delhi that the payment process would begin on July 13, 2012 but even then the pilots did not report to work.

The pilots on the other said that they would wait for the outcome of their decision with the CEO till Friday and then would decided on the future course of action. The pilots complained that they have not received their salaries and other dues over the past five months and charged the management with failing to honour the promises. Some of the sources from the airlines said that the operations of the Airbus A-320 were not affected and were operating normally.

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