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Kingfisher cuts more flights; Mallya to meet pilots tomorrow
New Delhi, Mar 14 (BSS/PTI) Beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines today announced further reduction in its flight schedule and said its promoter Vijay Mallya will meet pilots on Thursday agitating over delayed salary.

Last month the company had informed the authorities that they will be operating 140 flights daily.

However, Kingfisher said that 'despite the shortage of crew' it operated 101 flights on Tuesday and will operate 101 flights on Wednesday.

The airline also said it has returned wide body airbus A 330-
200 aircraft to a lessor in the United Kingdom, adding that it
plans to curtail international services.

"We would like to confirm that we are curtailing our wide
body overseas operations that are bleeding heavily," the company

It, however, did not clarify which international sectors will
be affected.

Maintaining that its liquidity crunch was primarily caused by
tax authorities freezing its bank accounts, the airline said in a
statement, "We are also working with our bankers to realise the
urgent interim working capital as approved in the Bankers
Consortium meeting held on February 17."

It added, "Whilst many of our pilots and engineers have
expressed their disappointment, we not only sincerely apologise
to them but wish to advise that our Chairman will meet the pilot
fraternity on Thursday, March 15 in Delhi."

The last meeting of the consortium was held on February 17
in Mumbai.

Amid Kingfisher flight schedules being hit due to protest by
pilots and other staff against delays in salary, Mallya said the
airline had spoken to pilots and the matter was being sorted out.

"We spoke to our pilots. We are sorting it out," he said.

Terming flight disruptions as "planned cancellations", he said, "We do not want to inconvenience our guests."

The airline had yesterday cancelled around 40 flights across
its domestic network and clubbed several others as several pilots
and other staffers did not join duty to protest delays in payment
of salary.

In February, Kingfisher had filed a new schedule to the regulator Director General of Civil Aviation, reducing the number of daily flights by almost two- thirds to 175 with the help of 28 aircraft, down from about 460 flights a day with 64 planes.
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