In what could come as another blow for the beleaguered Kingfisher Airline, sources indicate the Income Department may have rejected the airline’s plea to lift the freeze on its accounts.
Sources say KFA offer of partial payment is too small. KFA has about Rs 300 crore pending as dues with the I-T department.
The ticket proceeds worth Rs 50-60 crore has been attached. KFA had sent a formal appeal on February 22.
Meanwhile, chairman Vijay Mallya has welcomed the decision by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to monitor the carrier's flight safety on a daily basis.
Mallya on Wednesday posted a tweet saying: "I am glad that the DGCA wants to do special daily audits on us. We welcome the opportunity to prove that our aircraft are entirely safe."
This came after Kingfisher submitted a copy of its revised schedule to the DGCA and formally announced a sharp drop in its operations.
The DGCA had pulled up airlines' CEO Sanjay Aggarwal on Tuesday for the sudden flight cancellations and not coming up with a realistic plan.
Only 28 of 64 Kingfisher aircraft will operate now. Sources in DGCA said that they were reviewing the new schedule.
Meanwhile, Kingfisher Airlines resumed its Kolkata operations on Wednesday after DGCA asked them not to shut down their operations in the city on Tuesday. Four flights started from Kolkata to the northeast region.
However, flight cancellations in other cities continued as 14 flights were cancelled in Mumbai, four in Delhi and ten in Bangalore on Wednesday.
(With inputs from IBNLive)
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