Mumbai/New Delhi: Kingfisher staff today refused to accept the deadline set by the airline's management and threatened to go on strike if their dues are not paid by 8 pm on 3 April.
Airline sources said Kingfisher promoter Vijay Mallya had earlier written a letter to all employees promising them that all junior staff, including ground handlers and security personnel, would be paid their dues before 4 April, while all pilots and engineers would be paid on 9 and 10 April.
At least five Kingfisher Airlines flights out of Mumbai and Delhi were cancelled today as a section of staff did not report for duty to demand immediate payment of salary and allowance backlog.
A meeting between the protestors and the airline's top management was urgently convened at a hotel in suburban Mumbai to resolve the situation.
The bank accounts of the cash-strapped airline, which were frozen by tax authorities for non-payment of taxes and other charges, were unfrozen on Sunday, after Kingfisher paid Rs 64 crore to them.
The debt-laden carrier has terminated operations to 28 of its 56 destinations over the past few days and asked about 40-50 percent of its staff to stay at home till further orders.
However, it had said it was not laying off employees as a result of closure of a large number of stations, including the metros of Kolkata and Hyderabad.
In a statement last week, it had said it was undertaking a "holding plan" till such time it was fully capitalised.
"Since we could resume operations after getting re-capitalised, most staff at these stations have been asked to stay at home whilst remaining on the company's rolls."
Kingfisher, which has a debt of $1.3 billion, is under pressure from its lenders to inject equity.