Kingfisher Airlines faced fresh turbulence on Thursday when a section of its pilots in Delhi reported sick leading to cancellation of 17 flights,adding to the woes of passengers hit by the stir by Air India pilots.
So far today 17 flights were cancelled as most of the Delhi-based pilots reported sick to protest non-payment of their salaries despite a written commitment by the chairman that January salary would start coming in from May 9, the airline sources told PTI.
As the Mumbai-based pilots are also expected to join their Delhi counterparts on Friday,the woes of the Vijay Mallya-owned airline are set to get further aggravated.
The pilots of the cash-strapped airline are protesting the backtracking by the management on its assurance of remitting their January salaries from May 9.
So the Delhi-based pilots decided to report sick from today at a meeting last night, the sources said.
The cancelled services from Delhi include flights to Shimla,Dehradun,Dharamshala and Jaipur routes operated by turboprop aircraft. The Kingfisher Chairman Vijay Mallya had assured the staff in his May 5 communication to them that their January salaries will be remitted from May 9.
Last month also,Kingfisher management had said it would pay employees December salaries between April 4 and April 9 in a phased manner,but some of the employees recieved their salaries as late as around April 24,the sources said.
Kingfisher Airlines has never made a profit since its inception and reported a net loss of Rs 444.26 crore in the December quarter.