The partial lock-out declared at the Kingfisher Airlines has now been extended till October 7 after the second round of talks between the striking employees and the management held in Delhi failed on Thursday, sources said.
The lock-out was declared on Monday after majority of the employees went on strike protesting the non-payment of salaries for the past seven months and was expected to be lifted on Friday.
On Thursday, the top management of the beleaguered airlines met with the striking employees in Delhi. However, the deadlock continued because the employees demanded full salary payment of the past 7 months, while the management said that they will be unable to pay.
Kingfisher Airlines CEO Sanjay Agarwal and other top officials of the carrier held a meeting with engineers and pilots in Gurgaon to convince them to resume duty. Sources said the management offered March salary to the employees and promised to pay the remaining six months salary once the airlines is recapitalised. This offer was rejected by the engineers and pilots.
A similar meeting had taken place in Mumbai on Wednesday where the same offer had been made by the airline. The employees had turned down that offer also.
When asked if it is likely that Kingfisher will resume its flights from Friday, civil aviation minister Ajit Singh said, “I do not want to make any value judgements. My job as the civil aviation minister and that of the DGCA is to make sure that before Kingfisher flies they follow all the safety parameters.”
Singh said the airlines should be in a position to get its planes certified and satisfy the DGCA that the schedule which they have given is maintained. Singh said the flight routes and the winter schedule-which comes in force by end of October- will also have to be looked into.