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Rejoin work: Kingfisher CEO to employees

Mumbai, Oct 10 (RDI): In a bid to end the ongoing crisis, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of cash-strapped Kingfisher Airlines Sanjay Agarwal has written to employees of the private carrier and urg
"Given the pain that all of you and your families have gone through over the last year due to delay in payment of salaries, we can only tell you in utmost sincerity that this situation pains us immensely too," read Agarwal´s letter sent to Kingfisher employees on Tuesday.

"Unless we can keep our operations going, we will not be able to rectify the situation. We need you to help us to have any chance of getting back to normalcy," it said.

"DGCA has issued us a show cause notice due to disruptions which resulted in inconvenience to travelling public," the letter said.

The CEO said without the cooperation of the employees, Kingfisher Airlines will not be able to resume its operations.

"Without all of you, without exception, coming back to work, we will have no way forward. We have currently announced suspension of operations until October 12th and sincerely hope that we will able to present a viable plan to DGCA to allow us to resume operations on October 13th," Agarwal said in his letter.

He said the airlines is working ´relentlessly to try and rectify this situation´.

Pertinently, the aviation watchdog Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday issued showcause notice to Kingfisher Airlines, said the ministry, threatening to cancel the licence of the firm if it failed to clean up its act.

The government said the DGCA has issued a show cause notice to the Kingfisher Airlines, to be replied within 15 days, that why its permit should not be cancelled or suspended under the provisions of Section 15(2)(b) of Schedule XI of the Aircraft Rules 1937 as the Airline has failed to establish a safe, efficient and reliable service.

The operations of the private carrier are under suspension since Sept 30 due to strike by its employees.

Amid the escalating crisis, the private carrier last week extended the partial lock-out till Oct 12.

The employees of the Kingfisher Airlines have often been striking time and again over the issue of non-payment of salaries this year.

Kingfisher reported a loss of Rs. 1,151.50 crore in the March quarter.

It has a debt of over Rs. 7,500 crore and accumulated losses which is almost equal.

Kingfisher Airlines controlled by liquor baron Vijay Mallya has neither been able to pay salaries regularly since February nor has it managed to pay its dues to oil companies and airports, media reports said.

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