Airlines officials said that there was no choice but to take such decision ads high crude oil prices along with the taxes has made Aviation Turbine fuel over 60 per cent higher than in other countries. Airlines fares were increased to compensate as a result of which the passengers traffic dropped drastically between July and Sept 2008. Passenger growth has dropped by 25 per cent. Kingfisher have reduced capacity by over 30 pc and even cancelled their aircraft orders
Kingfisher has offered to pay for re-training the pilots to fly smaller aircraft but also wants them to sign a five-year bond tying them to the airline, something they are unwilling to do.