Uncertainly looms large over whether Kingfisher Airlines will start operations as the ministry of civil aviation is said to have set a deadline for the debt-ridden airline to present its resumption plan to renew its suspended licence.
Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on October 20 had suspended Kingfisher’s scheduled operator’s permit till such a time when it submits a concrete and reliable revival plan to the satisfaction of the regulator. Now, the ministry has said that it is unlikely to renew the licence of Kingfisher Airlines if it fails to submit revival plans by December-end.
According to agency reports, the airline is said to have not come up with any revival plan as of now and that its licence is due to expire on December 31. This has added uncertainly over whether the beleaguered airlines will be able to start operations, despite its chairman Vijay Mallya meeting civil aviation secretary KN Shrivastava and briefing him about the steps being taken to revive the cash-strapped carrier on October 30.
Since October 1, Kingfisher Airlines has not operated any flights and its management was forced to declare a partial lock-out at the airline for 25 days until it brokered a settlement with its striking employees, promising to pay their salary dues in instalments
Meanwhile, the airline, which had announced that it has suspended operations and closed forward bookings till November 6, is still not accepting bookings. There is a disclaimer on the airlines website stating: “We have suspended all future bookings till further notice.”
—With agency inputs