Suspension of Kingfisher licence on the cards: Officials
The crisis-ridden airline company on Friday extended its lockout till October 23.
New Delhi: Suspension of licence stares in the face of crisis-ridden Kingfisher Airline as it extended its lockout till October 23 and submitted a reply to aviation regulator DGCA's show-cause notice on the matter. Reacting to the airline's reply, official sources said the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) was consulting legal experts on what action - suspension or cancellation of flying licence - could be taken against Kingfisher for failing to resolve the 21-day impasse with its employees over non-payment of seven-month salary dues and resuming operations.
"We will take a view on this very soon... probably within a couple of days," a source said, replying in affirmative when asked whether suspension was on the cards. Among the options could be suspension of flying licence or give them some more time.
The DGCA had issued show-cause notice on October 5, to the liquor baron Vijay Mallya-owned airline asking why its flying licence should not be suspended or cancelled as it was not adhering to its flight schedule and "abruptly cancelling its flights time and again during the last 10 months", causing great inconvenience to the travelling public.
The DGCA had given the airline a 15-day time to reply to its notice, which was to expire on Saturday. Later the airline issued a statement saying it had "extended the partial lockout until October 23, 2012. We had a positive meeting with employee representatives on October 17 and are hopeful of reaching common ground when we meet again next week.
"Currently, we anticipate resuming operations on November 6, subject to our resumption plan being reviewed and approved by the DGCA." The official sources made it clear that Kingfisher could not resume operations till the DGCA gave the final clearance.
The beleaguered carrier did not mention extension of the lockout in their "open-ended" reply to DGCA, they said, adding that the airline, in its letter, sought more time to prepare a response to the DGCA notice but did not give any deadline.