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Kingfisher Airlines' CEO appears before DGCA to explain flight disruptions

Kingfisher Airlines' CEO appears before DGCA to explain flight disruptions

The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has summoned Kingfisher Airlines' CEO Sanjay Agarwal to explain the large-scale disruption of flight operations.

The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has summoned Kingfisher Airlines' CEO Sanjay Agarwal appeared before it on Tuesday to explain the large-scale disruption of flight operations. The CEO would also explain why passengers were not informed about the cancellation of flights.

The development comes after Kingfisher cancelled more than 100 flights in three days without informing the aviation regulator.

On Monday, the airlines cancelled more than 30 flights across the country and cancellations are expected to continue even on Tuesday.

In a more bad news to the debt-ridden airlines, the government on Monday reiterated that it will not bailout the Vijay Mallya-led carrier.

"Government is not going to give any bailout or ask the banks to bailout any private airline or any private industry for that matter," Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said.

Beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines' promoter Vijay Mallya on Monday night said he will not shut down the private carrier which struggled to stay afloat after further large-scale flight disruptions and resignation of pilots.

"Closing down is not an option. It will not happen. The government does not want it to happen. It is not in national interest," Mallya said in his first public reaction to the latest crisis that has gripped his cash-strapped airline.

"Why should we give up as long as we get help. Help is not bailout. We have asked banks to consider our proposal to provide more working capital," he said, making it clear that the airline has never asked for a bailout from the Indian government.

Mallya also apologised to fliers affected by its sudden flight cancellations.