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India’s Kingfisher Cancels Flights on Employee Unrest

India’s Kingfisher Cancels Flights on Employee Unrest

India’s Kingfisher Airlines said it was cancelling several flights on Monday due to employee unrest, in a fresh blow to the ailing carrier and sending its shares down by their daily limit of 5 percent.

The airline was cancelling flights today because it feared a number of its employees were unlikely to report for work due to threats from other workers, said Kingfisher, which is owned by billionaire Vijay Mallya.

“A section of employees of Kingfisher Airlines has not been reporting for work over the last fortnight and over the past two days, they have been threatening and even manhandling the other employees who are reporting for work,” Kingfisher spokesman Prakash Mirpuri said in a statement.

All Kingfisher flights scheduled to depart from the New Delhi airport until 4:30 p.m. (1100 GMT) have been cancelled, the airport’s website showed.

 For the complete story by Reuters, click here.
Updated: October 1, 2012 — 10:47 AM

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