8-Mar-2012 9:28 AM

IATA again suspends Kingfisher Airlines from IATA Clearing House

Kingfisher Airlines stated (07-Mar-2012) that due to its bank accounts getting attached by the tax authorities, it is "not able to make a payment to ICH [IATA Clearing House] which resulted in a temporary suspension". IATA spokesman Alberg Tjoeng commented, “IATA has suspended Kingfisher Airlines’ participation in the IATA Clearing House (ICH). This is because the airline did not settle their ICH account within the stipulated deadline. Kingfisher's participation in the ICH will be reinstated after the airline fulfils the ICH requirements". Kingfisher Airlines VP corporate communication stated, "We are working with the tax authorities and expect the accounts to be un-attached shortly. As soon as this is done, we will pay our dues to IATA and get reinstated". Meanwhile, Kingfisher Airlines continues to operate 200 services to 46 domestic and international destinations, with the carrier stating the ICH suspension "does not impact our guests travelling on any Kingfisher Airlines flight or our flight schedules". Kingfisher can still partner with other airlines by settling with them directly, he added. This is the second time the airline has been suspended by IATA from participating in the ICH, with the previous suspension occurring on 02-Feb-2012. [more - original PR]

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