Govt scraps int'l flying rights of KFA
New Delhi, Feb 25 : Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh has decided to withdraw all International Bilateral Traffic Rights allocated to cash-strapped private carrier Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) with immediate effect.
Under the said rights, the Kingfisher Airlines were allowed to fly the sky of 8 countries namely Bangladesh (14 services per week), Hong Kong (14 services per week), Nepal (7 services per week), Singapore (7 services per week), Sri Lanka (14 services per week + 21 services per week from unlimited 18 destinations), Thailand (21 services per week), UAE Dubai (21 services per week) and UK (7 services per week each from Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore).
These traffic rights were allocated to Kingfisher Airlines between the year 2008 and 2011.
"These international traffic rights have been withdrawn from Kingfisher Airlines on account of non-utilisation by the airlines.The Civil Aviation Minister has decided to make these International traffic rights available to other carriers for use," said the Ministry of Civil Aviation on Monday.
"This would give additional availability of approximately 25,000 seats per week for use by other Indian carriers to these 8 countries, some of which are much in demand by these carriers," it said.
"Similarly it has also been decided to withdraw the domestic slots which were allocated to Kingfisher Airlines at different airports for domestic flights. Airports Authority of India has been directed to make these slots available to other domestic carriers as per their demand," the ministry said.
Kingfisher Airlines, owned by liquor baron Vijay Mallya, has neither been able to pay salaries regularly since February last year nor has it managed to pay its dues to oil companies and airports, media reports said.