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Jul 15, 2012, 10.12 AM IST
Over 40 Kingfisher flights were cancelled due to a strike by its pilots to protest non-payment of salaries, as airline promoter Vijay Mallya warned them not to "disgrace" the company by talking to the media.
The cash-strapped airline's schedule was disrupted as 12 flights out of Delhi, 18 Bangalore, six from Mumbai and several others from all across its network were cancelled, causing immense hardship to passengers.
The passengers booked on these flights were re-booked on other flights or given refunds, a spokesperson said. Mallya wrote an open letter to all Kingfisher employees saying, "If some of you think that cancelling flights, speaking to media, or disgracing our Company will produce cash and salaries, you are wrong. This only makes my recapitalisation efforts more difficult by causing concern and apprehension among our potential investors."
He said the media would "disgrace us and our flights going forward will be empty leading to further loss of income as our guests will not select Kingfisher if they are doubtful about the integrity of our schedule." Maintaining that "damaging the future of Kingfisher in the public eyes is not going to produce cash", he said, "it only makes it more difficult to recover."
While the spokesperson said that 75% of the staff had been paid salaries and the rest would be paid by Monday, there was no mention of this in Mallya's letter. But staffers, who wished not to be named, asked the management to take the blame for "repeatedly missing deadlines" for paying salary backlog. "We have kept working for so long despite being paid," the agitators said.
Maintaining that the payments received by some of them was the salary of the month of February and several others were yet to be paid, they said the entire staff was still awaiting the salary backlog of March, April, May and June.
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