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Kingfisher pilots on strike again, several flights cancelled

Pilots struck work for 3rd time in last 12 days to protest non-payment of wages for almost 5 months

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi/Mumbai 

Several flights of Kingfisher were cancelled today due to a by to protest of wages for almost five months.

Three flights from and several across the airline's entire network were cancelled.

An airlines spokesperson said, "A certain section of employees have decided to stay away from duties due to payments not being credited to the bank accounts of all employees by Friday. Kingfisher wishes to state that more than 75% of employees have actually received their promised salaries on Friday."

"We have further promised that the balance of our employees will receive their salaries by Monday", the spokesman said.

The passengers booked on these flights have either been re-booked or given refunds, he said.

This is the third time in the last twelve days that the have struck work. The earlier on July 11 saw 12 flights getting cancelled.

The on July 2 was called off after a few hours with the management promising to pay some sections of staff from July 6.

Kingfisher is, at present, carrying out truncated and operations with about 15 aircraft, in place of 64.

A large number of its flight engineers have reportedly quit over the past five months, primarily due to delayed payments. In April, around 200 engineers reported sick as a mark of protest over the issue.

The airline, which has not posted since inception in May 2005, has reported a of Rs 1,151.50 crore in the March quarter, has a debt of over Rs 7,500 crore and almost an equal amount of accumulated losses.

First Published: Sat, July 14 2012. 12:41 IST