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Kingfisher Airlines revival to be funded internally, bosses tell DGCA

Kingfisher Airlines, which has resolved a 26-day deadlock over salary dues with its employees, has told the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) that it would use its own resources to fund the carrier's revival.

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Kingfisher Airlines, which has resolved a 26-day deadlock over salary dues with its employees, has told the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) that it would use its own resources to fund its revival.

The assurance came a day after Kingfisher Airlines promised to pay four months' pending salary to its employees by December, who immediately called off their strike. The management then lifted the 25-day lockout.

The airline's CEO Sanjay Aggarwal informed DGCA chief Arun Mishra that "at present, the source of funding for the airline will be through their own resources," sources close to the development said after the 30-minute meeting.

While there is no tangible information about any fresh investments coming in the near future, sources said Kingfisher Airlines would have to spend its own resources for revival.

It has been shelling out an average of about Rs 20 crore a month on payment of salaries to about 4,000 employees.

The airline's top brass are likely to discuss the revival plan with UB Group chief and Kingfisher promoter Vijay Mallya very soon, the officials said.

At the meeting, the DGCA chief asked the management to take on board all its stakeholders like Airports Authority of India, other airport operators, oil companies and Maintenance, Repairing and Overhaul operators to support the airline's revival plan, the sources said.

The regulator said it would also be consulting these stakeholders before it took any decision to revoke suspension of the airline's flying license imposed on October 5.

DGCA also asked the debt-ridden airline to prepare and submit its winter schedule, depending on the number of aircraft it had in its fleet.

The carrier, which last year had a fleet of 66 aircraft, now has 10 - seven Airbus A-320s and three ATR turbo-props. One more aircraft would join the fleet soon after it completes the mandatory engineering check.

Kingfisher is saddled with a loss of Rs 8,000 crore and a debt burden of another over Rs 7,524 crore, a large part of which has not been serviced for several months.

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