New Delhi: At
least 30 flights of Kingfisher Airlines were cancelled on Tuesday morning
even as its CEO Sanjay Aggarwal and other top officials met aviation
regulator DGCA to explain reasons for large-scale disruptions in
While 13 flights were cancelled from Mumbai, 8 were
cancelled from Kolkata and four from Delhi leaving many passengers
stranded. The major air route of Mumbai-Delhi was the worst-hit with
maximum cancellations and clubbing of flights.
The carrier faced
fresh problems on Monday with 34 pilots quitting and a large number of
staff being put on notice. The resignation of the pilots have taken the
total number of those who have quit to about 80 since last October,
industry sources said.
Kingfisher has been suffering from a
severe cash crunch that has culminated into the Income Tax authorities
freezing its bank accounts last week on grounds of non-payment of tax
dues. Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh had ruled out any bailout of the
“As far as Kingfisher or any other private airline is
concerned, they have to present their business plan to the banks and if
they (banks) are satisfied with that, and if it is within RBI guidelines,
then they will lend money,” he had said.
The carrier on Monday
cancelled 30 flights including those to Bangkok, Singapore, Kathmandu and
Dhaka, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded at various airports across
the country. Concerned over the sudden cancellations and passenger
inconvenience, aviation regulator DGCA had summoned the airline’s CEO
and top officials to appear before them to explain the large-scale
disruptions in the operations and the reasons.