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Kingfisher lockout to continue till 20 October

Ailing Kingfisher Airlines has extended its lockout till the next weekend, apparently after failing to convince its striking staffers, protesting delay in salaries, to return to work.

Airline sources said the airline management, in an internal mail, has said that due to operational reasons, all flights across its network would be cancelled till 20 October.

The mail came a day after Kingfisher CEO Sanjay Aggarwal appealed to all employees, striking over non-payment of salaries for seven months, to return to work to resume flight operations soon. The employees are insisting that the salaries be paid first before they resume duty.

With all its flights cancelled since the lockout declared on October four, aviation regulator directorate general of civil aviation [DGCA] earlier asked liquor baron Vijay Mallya-owned carrier to stop selling tickets following reports that it had started accepting bookings last week before ending its lockout.

Kingfisher had declared a lockout on September 28 till October four following the strike, cancelling its entire flight schedule, and extended it till October 12 later. This has now been extended till 20 October.
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