Kingfisher pilots are demanding immediate payment of their March salaries which they were reportedly promised to receive by August 17th.
“About 15 pilots had gone to meet the CEO to enquire about the March salary since the pilots were promised by the management that every one would be paid by August 17. They were made to wait for an hour and half and then told the Chairman (Vijay Mallya) has said they will be paid by Tuesday,” they said.
The shortage of pilots today put a strain on an airline that is already near its breaking point, as it is only operating a quarter of its total fleet.
“Eight departures from Mumbai and an equal number of flights from other places to the city have been cancelled due to non-availability of pilots in the wake of the strike by a section of its pilots,” a Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) official said.
Kingfisher flights from Delhi to Dharamshala, Udaipur and Dehradun were also cancelled.
Most of Kingfisher’s employees have reportedly not been paid since March.