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More trouble for KFA, 200 engineers go on strike

Last Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 16:12

Mumbai: About 200 engineers at Kingfisher Airlines Ltd. are staying away from work in protest against unpaid salaries, signalling fresh worries for the loss-making carrier, a senior executive said Saturday.

"We will be talking to them to resolve the issue," the executive said.

Flight schedules at the airline, however, haven't been affected, he added.

The ailing carrier already owes millions of dollars to its business associates including suppliers, lessors and airline partners.

Earlier this year, it was forced to withhold salaries and ground planes after India's tax authorities froze its bank accounts due to unpaid dues, prompting pilots and crew to stay away from work.

The financial troubles, have also forced Kingfisher to shrink operations to almost a fourth of its daily schedule of 400 flights last year and the airline, now uses less than half of its 47-plane fleet.

The executive said the company has already paid salaries till December to 6,800 staff out of its total employee strength of 7,000.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 16:12
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