Internal war at KFA gets more nastier, pilots reject salary

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New Delhi, Oct 23: The war between liquor baron Vijay Mallya and his employees at Kingfisher Airline (KFA) is getting nastier with each passing day.  If sources are to be believed Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai pilots and engineers of KFA have rejected Kingfisher Airlines' three-month salary offer.

But, it seems Mumbai pilots and engineers have accepted the salary offer.

However, government had refused to intervene in the matter to bring relief to the employees of the bankrupt airline.

Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said Kingfisher is a privately owned company and so the government can't intervene and make the airline pay staff salaries. He also said that the payment alone will not be enough to make Kingfisher fly.

"It is a private company, doesn't come under any ministry. Yes they have a problem, but the government cannot interfere. The Kingfisher problem is very big. They have to give a very sound plan to the government that they can pay taxes and their dues," Ajit Singh said.

The employees of KFA on Tuesday, Oct 23 asked Mallya 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.

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