India’s Kingfisher airline has grounded its fleet for an additional week after talks with angry workers about unpaid wages failed.
The struggling carrier was forced to suspend flights on October 1st for three days after staff went on strike.
Late on Thursday the airline confirmed it will be extending its ‘lockout’ until Oct 12 after attempted negotiations with employees failed.
The airline is struggling to pay the full salaries to its employees since the lenders have refused fresh funding, according to reports.
Prakash Mirpuri, vice president of corporate communications said in a statement: “We regret that the illegal strike has still not been withdrawn and normalcy has not been restored in the Company, thereby continuing to cripple and paralyse the working of the entire Airline.
“In light of this, Kingfisher Airlines Ltd. has been constrained to extend the partial lock-out which commenced from Monday evening (1st of October, 2012) up to Friday the 12th of October, 2012 or up to such earlier date on which the said illegal strike is called off, and the management is informed about the same.”
India’s civil aviation minister, Ajit Singh revealed that the carrier will not be allowed to fly unless it satisfies standard safety procedures.