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DGCA may let Kingfisher fly if airline meets conditions

DGCA said it was willing to renew the flying licence of debt-ridden KFA if the airline proves that it can operate in a "safe, efficient and sustainable manner".

, ET Bureau|
Nov 09, 2012, 06.00 AM IST
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DGCA said it was willing to renew the flying licence of debt-ridden KFA if the airline proves that it can operate in a "safe, efficient and sustainable manner".
DGCA said it was willing to renew the flying licence of debt-ridden KFA if the airline proves that it can operate in a "safe, efficient and sustainable manner".
HYDERABAD: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said it was willing to renew the flying licence of debt-ridden Kingfisher Airlines if the airline proves that it can operate in a "safe, efficient and sustainable manner".

Kingfisher had its licence suspended after staff protests and safety concerns. While suspending the licence, the DGCA on October 21 had allowed the airline to submit a revival plan.

"We are open to renewing their (Kingfisher) licence if they are prepared to run the airline in a safe, efficient and sustainable manner," Director General of Civil Aviation Arun Mishra said here. "The aircraft have not been maintained for some time. Their pilots and engineers have to be up-to-date."

Kingfisher posted record second-quarter losses on Thursday but pledged to put in place a recovery plan soon. Since the beginning of the year, the airline has struggled to pay its staff and has not flown for more than a month.

Mishra said the airline needed to get its finances in order. "We would like to see that the airline does not run in fits and starts like it was happening, when they were cancelling flights." He, however, refused to specify a timeframe for taking a call on the revival plan.

The DGCA has also indicated that the slots allotted to Kingfisher at various airports could be reassigned to other operators if required. "No airline has approached us yet for these slots and times. However, we cannot keep them waiting for KFA all the time. Accordingly, we did not approve their slots in the winter schedule because they are not operating."

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