A section of pilots of the near-bankrupt Kingfisher Airlines went on strike today to protest against non-payment of salaries for the past five months, forcing the airline to cancel its ATR-operated flights.

Following the strike, the airline management has deployed executive pilots to carry out truncated operations, sources in the airline said.

An airlines spokesperson confirmed this development, but did not provide any other details.

“More than 200 pilots, including captains, are on strike as the airline has once again failed to pay salaries to the staff. The employees had a meeting with the airline Chairman Mr Vijay Mallya on the issue, but after he failed to commit anything on the salary payment, the pilots decided to stop work,” an airline official told PTI here tonight.

A meeting of all employees, including pilots, engineers and cabin crew, has been convened in Mumbai tomorrow morning to chalk out further course of action, they said.

“The airline, which is facing funds drought, has not paid the employees since February,” he added.

(This article was published on July 1, 2012)
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