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Last Updated On: 10/1/2012

India's Kingfisher Airlines has declared a 'partial lockout' and suspended all flights for the next three days.

The cash-strapped airline is in a death spiral and has been operating only a truncated schedule for the last several months.

But things have worsened at Kingfisher Airlines over the last few days.

Reports coming from India speak of the airline's passengers being locked up in aircraft, employees salaries unpaid for six months, violent actions by some workers and a strike by a section of the staff.

Frustrated over not being paid for several months, the airline's engineers went on strike the other day and were soon joined by pilots and other staff.

With its engineers on strike, the airline is now finding it difficult to get its aircraft certified to fly.

Kingfisher Airlines

Kingfisher Airlines responded to the latest crisis by declaring a 'Partial lockout' until Thursday, October 4, 2012.

Kingfisher Airlines blamed the lockout on "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 airline said although it had sufficient employees to operate its current schedule of flights, some "recalcitrant employees" were preventing the majority of its staff from reporting to work.

With a crushing debt of $1.4 billion, high fuel charges, limited chance of a capital infusion and severe competition, Kingfisher Airlines has been struggling for survival.

Air-Savings.com advises all passengers traveling from and to India to avoid Kingfisher Airlines for their domestic travel within India until the airline is able to restore normal operations.


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