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UB officials to attend meeting with Kingfisher staff on Monday

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on October 14, 2012

Hoping for reconciliation

A fresh initiative is being made to resolve the Kingfisher Airlines crisis.

Its employees have been called to Mumbai on Monday for a meeting with not only senior officials of the airline but also those from the UB Group.

While there have been meetings earlier with senior management of the airline, including one with the airline’s promoter, Vijay Mallya, this is probably the first time that UB officials have also been called for the interaction.

On Friday, the airline’s Executive Vice-President, Hitesh Patel sent out a mail to employees inviting a representative from each base to meet with senior officials of the UB Group “in an effort to bring closure to the current situation”.

The meeting assumes importance as the airline has till the end of the week to reply to the show-cause notice served by the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation asking why its licence should not be cancelled or suspended.

The meeting comes close on the heels of a Hyderabad court issuing non-bailable arrest warrants against Mallya and four others in a case of bouncing of cheques worth Rs 10.50 crore.

The airline suspended all operations from October 1 as employees struck work protesting non-payment of wages for the past seven months.

> ashwini.phadnis@thehindu.co.in

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Published on October 14, 2012
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