Mumbai: Over 200 pilots of Kingfisher Airlines on Monday decided to prolong their two-day-old strike after talks with the management to resolve the impasse over non-payment of salaries failed to make any headway.
At least four flights including from Mumbai to Chennai and Mangalore were cancelled, causing inconvenience to passengers. The strike has forced the airline to drop its ATR-operations involving short-haul flights on small aircraft.
"We had an hour-long meeting with the management over the non-payment of salaries, which have not been paid since February. But the management did not offer any commitment as to when they intend to pay us. So, we have decided to continue with our agitation," Captain Yatin Pandit and representatives of other employees told reporters after their meeting at the airline's office in the city.


Another round of talks is expected on Thursday, airlines sources said.
"We are in a Catch 22 position. Neither we can leave the airline nor can live without salaries for months. We don't know whom to approach now, because there are no rules for such a situation (non-payment of salaries).
"The government considers our problem as one between a private airline and its employees, and the management is taking undue advantage of the crisis," said a pilot who wished not to be named.
From the management side, the meeting was attended by the chief executive officer Sanjay Aggarwal, executive vice-president Hitesh Patel and KFA chief financial officer HG Raghunath, while the employees' side led by the pilots with support from cabin crew members, engineers and ground handling staff among others.


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