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    Default Clear all dues before seeking licence renewal: DGCA

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    Aviation regulator DGCA wants grounded Kingfisher Airlines to clear all dues, including pending salaries of employees, before taking up for consideration its application for renewal of flying licence.

    “The airline (KFA) has been promising to pay salary dues to its employees since the last six months, but has not done so. Moreover, the renewal of Kingfisher Airlines’ air operator permit (AOP) is not only linked to the unpaid staff wages, but also to the massive dues towards its vendors and lessors,” DGCA sources said in Mumbai.

    “So we have to take into consideration all these dues before accepting the airline’s application for licence renewal,” they said, adding the airline needs to come up with a credible revival plan, which should include commitment to clear dues of all stakeholders.

    The regulator’s apprehension stems from the fact the airline management has repeatedly failed to act on its promise to clear the salary dues of its employees, who have not been paid since June last year, the sources said.

    Last week, KFA Chief Executive Sanjay Aggarwal met the DGCA officials in a bid to get the AOP renewed.
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