King of bad times

With over 100 flights being cancelled over the last 3 days, passengers are avoiding business with the cash-strapped airlines

With the cancellation of more than 100 flights in the last four days, the cash-strapped Kingfisher airlines (KFA) appears to have run into rough weather. The cancellations have left travelers, tour operators and regulators in the lurch. While most tour operators have stopped booking their clients for Kingfisher flights, passenger bodies also have decided to take up the matter with the Civil Aviation Economic Advisory Committee (CAEAC) soon.

Out of the 36 cancellations made for domestic flights in the last three days, 10 were Mumbai-bound.
The airline was to submit a response to the show-cause notice served to it by the regulatory body of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) yesterday.

"I booked my ticket three weeks ago, but my flight was cancelled. They claimed they would accommodate me in another flight, but failed to tell me when," a Delhi-bound Kingfisher passenger told

A Delhi based couple who were returning from Shirdi were also inconvenienced. "I never thought that they would take such drastic steps," they said.  The cancellations had far-reaching ramifications on operations at travel agencies as well. "We have stopped booking our clients for domestic Kingfisher flights," said Devang Sanghvi of Venus travels.

The Air Passenger Association of India (APAI) has decided to take the matter to the CAEAC. "We have received hundred of complaints from travelers. We will raise the matter at the CAEAC meeting on Friday," said Sudhakar Reddy, president, APAI.

Sources at the DGCA said that the airline may be asked to compensate their clients.

The other side
"The steps have been taken in close coordination with our travel partners and guest relations teams, to avoid any inconvenience. Once the ongoing reconfiguration of aircraft is complete, they will be pressed back into service," said the spokesperson. 

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