Kingfisher Airlines faces licence cancellation
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's aviation regulator is seeking legal opinion on cancelling the licence of beleaguered carrier Kingfisher Airlines, which has grounded its fleet since Monday, the Civil Aviation Minister, Mr Ajit Singh, said on Friday.
The airline controlled by liquor baron Vijay Mallya is seven months behind on salary payments to employees and has never turned a profit since its launch in 2005.
On Friday, about 150 Kingfisher employees, following what police said was the suicide of the wife of a staff member, held a protest march from Mumbai's airport to the airline's office nearby, adding pressure for a resolution to the carrier's long-running financial problems.
"How can the management realistically expect us to work?" said Mr Krishna Kumar, a 35-year-old engineer. "We have borne this for seven months."