October 09, 2012
Indian operator Kingfisher Airlines has resumed the sale of tickets for flights from Oct. 12 despite orders from the country’s aviation regulator to suspend all reservations until the grounded carrier has complied with safety inspections.
The airline is attempting to resume operations after strike action by workers over months of unpaid wages on Sept. 30 grounded the financially struggling operator. Flights, for now, are stopped until Oct. 12, but the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) notes that ticket sales are available on Kingfisher’s website beyond that date with a notice that the services will require regulatory approval. “We have sent a notice to the airline to stop bookings till further notice,” a DGCA official says.
Aviation Minister Anjit Singh on Oct. 5 said the DGCA had given Kingfisher Airlines 15 days to prove it should retain its operating certificate. Employee “dissatisfaction” is one of the elements that could cause the regulator to suspend the carrier’s air operator certificate. Kingfisher also has failed to provide the DGCA an operational preparedness plan, according to the DGCA official.
Kingfisher aircraft photo: Jay Menon