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Strike grounds Kingfisher flights

A large number of Kingfisher flights were cancelled on Monday, as a section of the airline employees, including engineers and pilots, struck work to demand payment of salaries, pending since March.

Over 15 flights out of Delhi to places like Mumbai, Pune, Srinagar, Jammu, Imphal, Dehradun and Dharamsala were cancelled, the airport sources said, adding that several flights out of Mumbai and Bengaluru were also cancelled.

In the wake of mass cancellations, the aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation [DGCA] said that it would review Kingfisher's operations and discuss the matter with officials of the civil aviation ministry.

Taking a cue from the civil aviation minister Ajit Singh's statement that Kingfisher Airlines could approach other carriers for safety certification, the Vijay Mallya- promoted airline has reportedly approached Air India and others for getting its aircraft checked for certification.

'Kingfisher Airlines is in talks with Air India, IndiGo and Jet Airways to get its aircraft certified by their engineers for flying,' an airline source said here this evening.
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