With the current crisis situation, Kingfisher Airlines sent a official statement clarifying the airline’s flight cancellations. Sanjay Aggarwal, CEO of Kingfisher Airlines confirmed that, 40 flights will be cut and it would operate 300 daily flights connecting 54 cities as compared to its previous 340 flights.
“The CAR140 requires DGCA to be informed if there are flight cancellations for a longer period of time. While we were finalizing the plans, we only announced these cancellations until November 19th. We did not feel the need for informing DGCA. In hindsight, we should have informed them and we apologised to them for the same,” Aggarwal said.
The carrier will also remove three aircraft from service for the next three months at any one time for a reconfiguration process initiative to be completed. It will reduce the number of fleet configurations from seven to three, in an effort to improve operational flexibility.
The statement also confirmed that the airline faced a few delays for the last two-to-three months in payment of employee salaries, however all employees have been paid in the month the salaries were due. Aggarwal also clarified that “no flights have been cancelled due to lack of pilots or other staff. The attrition of 100 pilots did not happen overnight. Kingfisher has sufficient number of pilots and a robust pipeline of new pilots to continue to operate its schedule flights”.