Kingfisher employees cry while Mallyas holidaying abroad

Vijay Mallya

Mumbai, Oct 23: Are the Mallyas least bothered for the protesting employees of Kingfisher Airline (KFA) who have been continuing their protest against the management of the national carrier demanding their salaries?

The employees on Tuesday, Oct 23 asked Vijay Mallya, the owner of airline, to come to the talking-table as their meeting with the airline management on Monday failed to break logjam.

The KFA staffers did not pay heed to the management's claim that they would provide three months salary ahead of Diwali. Hence they demanded direct discussion with the owner of the airline. The employee might be disappointed as sources informed that Mallya along with his son Siddhart have been holidaying abroad.

According to sources, Mallya Senior had left the country on his private jet, VT-VJM, about three weeks ago and there was no news on his returning to the country. KFA employees who have been spotting the business tycoon claimed he was last spotted at Yeongam in South Korea where he was attending a popular motor-racing competition. A team owned jointly by him was participating in the competition. It was learnt.

Siddharth Mallya, for whom the KFA was a gift from his father on his 18th birthday, was not found sympathising with the airline employees either. Mallya Junior was found tweeting about his shooting with Kingfisher's 'calendar girls' and playing volleyball with bikini-clad models, views on a London pub, judgment on the English Cricket Board's move on cricketer Kevin Pietersen and every other object under the sun but did not spend a word or make a kind gesture towards his own employees and their families seriously hit by financial hardships.

The Mallya seem untouched with the decision of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to suspend the airline's license. DGCA, the aviation regulator, earlier on Oct 20 announced its decision of suspending the licence of the airlines which has failed to provide a satisfactory response to the DGCA.

The DGCA earlier had issued a show-cause notice to crisis-ridden KFA asking it to explain why its licence should not be suspended or cancelled.

Despite receiving their response, DGCA was not convinced and axed its license to fly. Expecting to have a settlement with its protesting pilots and other employees, the airline officials earlier had sought for more time and a personal hearing, but failed to answer to DGCA's questions regarding its financial plan or operational plans.

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