Hard time for Mallya, 50% staff quit, KFA blames I-T Dept

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New Delhi, Feb 20: After facing financial crisis, Kingfisher airlines on Monday, Feb 20, blamed the Income Tax authorities for the flight cancellations, claiming freezing of its bank accounts had 'severely affected' payment schedules.

The company's financial crisis has led to the resignation of 50% of the staff including the cabin crew, ground members in the last three months.

In a statement, an airline spokesperson said that "the prime reason for the current disruption in our flight schedules is the sudden attachment of our bank accounts by the I-T department. This has severely affected our ability to make operational payments leading to the present curtailment." It also said that the employees' "salaries can be paid and the grounded aircraft can be recovered quicker once the bank accounts are unfrozen and the schedule restored on priority."

Meanwhile, the company's spokesperson has said that it have adequate staff to operate the scheduled flights.

The spokesperson discussed the issue with the I-T authorities "to agree (on) a payment plan and get the bank accounts unfrozen at the earliest. We are appealing to them to see reason that inconvenience to the travelling public is not in anybody's interests." spokesperson said.

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