Mumbai: The ailing Kingfisher Airlines on Monday offered to pay one month salary to its employees in 24 hours during a closed-door meet with the representatives of its pilots' and employees' unions. Sources said that the airline company further offered to pay the second month salary within a week and the salaries for the third month before Diwali. However, the staff members are said to be unhappy with the offer, said sources. The meet is currently underway.
The Kingfisher Airlines has not paid its staff for seven months. A series of strikes called by its pilots and staff and repeated flight cancellations forced the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to suspend its licence three days ago, until it came up with a viable working plan for its financial and operational revival.
Meanwhile, in fresh trouble on Monday, at least 15 of its planes, that had been leased to them, were stripped clean, the leasing company's sources told CNN-IBN. The 15 aircraft were stripped of crucial parts at various airports and were declared not fit to fly. Sources said that inspection of two aircraft in New Delhi found the passenger and cockpit interiors cleaned out. Airport authorities refused to take away the aircraft till all dues were paid. Just seven Kingfisher aircraft are currently fit to fly.
Sources say that if Monday's talks fail, the striking employees will launch a nationwide protest and try and confront Chairman Vijay Mallya at the F1 track in Greater Noida, where the races are slated to begin on October 26.