The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has suspended Kingfisher Airlines from the global carrier-to-carrier account clearing system after the Indian carrier failed to make payments that were due.
The suspension means Kingfisher is unable to code-share with IATA’s 240 member airlines, representing more than 80% of international air traffic. In addition, the carrier will not be able to use other interline rights which will directly impact on passengers.
In a statement on the airline’s website, Prakash Mirpuri, Vice President - Corporate Communications, Kingfisher Airlines explains: “Due to the accounts getting attached by the tax authorities, we were not able to make a payment to ICH which resulted in a temporary suspension. 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 flights to 46 domestic and international destinations. The ICH suspension does not impact our guests travelling on any Kingfisher Airlines flight or our flight schedules. Our guests can continue to book with confidence either directly with Kingfisher Airlines or through their travel agents.”
According to an IATA spokesperson, Kingfisher’s participation the clearling house will be reinstated after it fulfils requirements.
This is the second time Kingfisher has been suspended over payment issues. The last suspension was lifted in February.