India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued (05-Oct-2012) a show cause notice to Kingfisher Airlines, to be replied to within fifteen days, as to why its operating certificate should not be cancelled or suspended as it has failed to establish a safe, efficient and reliable service under the provisions of relevant legislation. The carrier's operations have been suspended since 30-Sep-2012, due to employee industrial action. Minister of Civil Aviation Ajit Singh said he will permit no compromise on safety of aircraft operations. DGCA stated that Kingfisher Airlines has not approached them with any operational plan and has not been able to resolve its issues. The carrier's spokesman Prakash Mirpuri stated (07-Oct-2012) the airline intends issue a detailed response to the DGCA's show cause notice within the allotted 15-day time period. Kingfisher Airlines intends to issue a “comprehensive plan for restoration of services after negotiations with our employees”. The DGCA has asked the carrier to provide operational and safety plans and justify why it should not be shut down. The airline extended a temporary shut-down of operations to 12-Oct-2012, after failing to reach agreement with striking workers. It ceased flight operations on 30-Sep-2012. The carrier has been unable to pay employee salaries for seven months and is negotiating with banks to unlock frozen accounts. [more - original PR - Kingfisher Airlines] [more - original PR - Civil Aviation Ministry] [more - Full Show Cause Notice]
India DGCA issues show cause notice to Kingfisher Airlines over possible suspension
You may also be interested in the following articles...
India-Philippines: rapid growth, A321neo technology leads to Cebu Pacific-PAL traffic rights battle
Direct flights in the fast growing India-Philippines market are likely to resume by 2018, with service from at least one Philippine carrier. Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Philippines AirAsia are all seeking traffic rights to serve India and are keen to serve Delhi.
PAL suspended nonstop service to Delhi 2011, and one-stop services via Bangkok in 2013. The Manila-Delhi market quickly proved to be too small back in 2011 to support nonstop services, but it has since more than doubled in size, making the route more viable. New generation narrowbody technology also significantly improves the route’s prospect.
PAL and Cebu Pacific would both use the A321neo on Manila-Delhi. Philippines AirAsia could potentially use the A320neo to operate the route nonstop in the future, but is initially seeking rights via Bangkok using A320ceos. The Cebu Pacific and PAL nonstop proposals are more likely to sway Philippine authorities, who will soon have to decide on how to allocate the only seven weekly Philippines-India frequencies available under the two countries' air services agreement.
Lion Air Group begins international expansion from Indonesia with Batik Air Australia & India routes
The Lion Group is preparing to expand in Indonesia’s international market, with several new routes to Australia, India and East Asia. Lion is the domestic leader in Indonesia, its three Indonesian airline subsidiaries accounting for approximately half of total domestic capacity. However, the group has only a tiny presence in the Indonesian international market, having only five scheduled international destinations.
The full service subsidiary Batik Air has encountered delays in commencing operations to Australia and India but remains keen on serving both markets with multiple destinations. Meanwhile, its Malaysian affiliate Malindo Air is jump starting the group’s entrance in the Indonesia-Australia market with a new fifth freedom route from Bali to Brisbane, which will be launched on 31-Mar-2017.
International expansion is becoming strategically necessary for Lion as Indonesia’s international market is now growing faster than the much larger domestic market. AirAsia and Garuda have already been focusing more on international expansion, widening their lead over Lion in Indonesia’s international market.