State-run Airports Authority of India (AAI), who have claimed that Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) owes them Rs 293 crore, has started to pressurize the grounded carrier. Recently, a letter was issued to KFA asking them to vacate two hangars in Kolkata and Chennai that it occupies.
The authority also plans to inform the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) that the Vijay Mallya-promoted carrier needs to clear all its dues get airborne again. The aviation regulator is going to deliberate with KFA stakeholders like airport operators, employees, oil companies and other vendors – all of whom claim to have substantial dues from KFA – on what they feel about the airline restarting operations.
However, a final decision on reversing the suspension of KFA’s licence would be taken by aviation minister Ajit Singh. “Action against KFA was not taken for months till it got a nod from the minister. The first DGCA report that advocated action against KFA because of fears that the airline’s poor financial health may impact safety came last December, but licence suspension happened only 10 days back,” said an official.