Five flights cancelled as a section of Kingfisher pilots goes on strike

New Delhi/Mumbai: A section of pilots ofKingfisher Airlines today went on a strike over non-payment ofsalary and other dues for the past five months, forcingcancellation of five flights.

Airline officials said the pilots who did not report towork were those who operate the 70-seater ATR turbopropaircraft on short-haul routes connecting regional airports.In Delhi, two flights each to Dharamsala and Dehradun

and one flight to Shimla have been cancelled by the VijayMallya-owned airline since this morning.

A section of the Kingfisher pilots have gone on a strike and 5 flights have been cancelled.

However, the Airbus A-320 operations of Kingfisher weregoing on as per the normal schedule, the officials maintained.This is the second time in last eight days that theairline's pilots have gone on an agitation over non-payment of

their dues.

"A section of the airline's pilots, mainly operatingATRs, did not report for duty on the salary payment issue.Owing to the agitation, the airline has cancelled five flightsas we could not get pilots to operate the aircraft," theofficials told PTI.

The number of pilots who have joined the agitation is notimmediately known, they said, adding that Kingfisher CEOSanjay Aggarwal was expected to meet the agitators soon.Kingfisher Airlines spokesperson was not immediately

available for comment.

PTI