Kingfisher Airlines has declared a partial lockout till Thursday (04 Oct) with all flight operations suspended. The airline official statement said following a series of protracted and unabated incidents of violence, criminal intimidation, assault, wrongful restraint and other illegal acts including refraining from attending work, by a small section of recalcitrant employees which were all unnecessary and unprovoked, the management has been forced to declare a partial lock-out at the airline, effective immediately.
The airline stated it has more than sufficient number of staff to safely operate its current schedule of flights as per the holding plan. It is internally ascertained that despite the fact that a vast majority of the staff are willing to cooperate and support the company in these turbulent times, they are not able to or being allowed to report to work, forcing a complete paralysis of operations.
“In these circumstances, with the safety of passengers in mind, the company is left with no other option but to take firm and decisive steps as advised in law, including disciplinary action against these recalcitrant employees, to bring the situation under control particularly with a view to getting flight operations back to normal at the earliest. All employees are hereby called upon to immediately and forthwith restore normalcy and resume normal duties,” said Prakash Mirpuri, Vice President for Corporate Communications at Kingfisher Airlines Limited.
Furthermore, the DGCA summoned Kingfisher Airlines CEO to discuss the current crisis in the airline, while the CEO is also likely to appear before DGCA today. According to sources, Ajit Singh, Minister for Civil Aviation will take the final decision on shutting down the airline, stated a DNA report.