November 05, 2012
India’s beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines is working on a revival plan for efficient and reliable operations to regain its air operator certificate, which expires Dec. 31.
India’s aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), on Oct. 20 suspended the carrier’s flying license for failing to produce a credible financial and operational revival plan.
“We are preparing a new revival plan and will soon present it to the DGCA, which will take a final call on revoking the suspension order,” an airline official says. “We will put forth our case to the DGCA and expect to resume operations soon,” the official adds.
Meanwhile, a civil aviation ministry official says if the debt-ridden airlines fails to detail a resumption plan, the restoration of its scheduled operator’s permit, which is valid until Dec. 31, may be delayed.
The airline plunged into a deep financial crisis after employees walked off the job Sept. 30 because of non-payment of salaries since March, forcing a complete shutdown of operations.
The employees ended their 26-day strike on Oct. 25 after management assured them pending salaries would be paid by year-end.
Even as Kingfisher resolved the deadlock with his striking workers, India’s civil aviation ministry made clear the carrier will have to convince the DGCA that it is fully prepared to fly with all safety measures in place before resuming operations.
Currently, the airline has only 10 operational aircraft, down from 66 a year ago.