The Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) on Tuesday denied seizing seven Kingfisher Airlines aircraft for non-payment of airport dues.
An IANS story earlier on Tuesday stated that MIAL had served two notices to Kingfisher Airlines, demanding clearance of dues totalling Rs 53 crore. "Until the long-pending dues are cleared, we shall not let them fly these aircraft," the source had said on the condition of anonymity.
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The dues pertained to parking charges, navigation and other services offered by MIAL in the normal course of airlines operations.
"MIAL can in no way seize Kingfisher aircraft and for that matter any other aircraft," a statement issued by MIAL spokesman Vaibhav Tiwari said.
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Calling reports of seizing of the cash-strapped airline's aircraft "entirely erroneous", the statement said it would like to dissociate itself from the comments offered by a MIAL source.
"The story is likely to cause possible confusion, misinterpretation and misunderstanding in the minds of our partners, stakeholders and the aviation ministry," the statement said.
Owned by liquor-king and MP Vijay Mallya, Kingfisher Airlines has been grounded since October 1 due to financial and labour problems.