Mumbai: The Kingfisher Airlines has decided to extend its partial lockout till October 12. The airlines issued a statement on Thursday in this regard saying it "constrained to extend the partial lockout".
The cash-strapped airline blamed the extension of the lockout on the "illegal strike that has not been withdrawn". The airline said that it was forced to declare the lockout "in view of the illegal strike perpetrated and continued by a fraction of technicians, AMEs and pilots".
"We regret that the illegal strike has still not been withdrawn and normalcy has not been restored in the Company, thereby continuing to cripple and paralyse the working of the entire Airline," said the statement.
The Kingfisher Airlines further said that the lockout that commenced from Monday evening has been extended till October 12 or "up to such earlier date on which the said illegal strike is called off".
This came hours after the Kingfisher Airlines management met with striking employees on Thursday in Gurgaon but failed to end the empasse.
There was more confusion after the meeting as a Kingfisher Airlines official claimed that 100 employees were ready to resume work, but the airlines denied any such development. Kingfisher lenders will be holding an emergency meeting later on Thursday in Mumbai at the SBI Bhawan.
Kingfisher Airlines spokesperson denied the statement given by VP, Corporate Affairs, Sanjay Bahadur after the meeting. He said that Bahadur is not official spokesperson and that no such assurance has been given as yet. Later, the official also said that Sanjay is not a spokesperson for the company, which clearly indicates the confusion within the ranks of Kingfisher Airlines and its desperate attempts in trying to seek employee confidence.
Meanwhile, Aviation Minister Ajit Singh has said that Kingfisher Airlines will have to take permission from the DGCA to fly. "We have made it clear that Kingfisher has to get DGCA's permission if it wants to fly. Certified engineers have to approve it and the employees issue has to be sorted out," Ajit Singh said.