Today : Sunday - Sep 21, 2014, 07:38pm (GMT+5.5)
All News  
Top News
National News
International News
Business News
Sports News
   » Cricket
   » Football
Entertainment News
Sci - Tech
Politics News
Health & Fitness
Education
Travel
Lifestyle
Gulf News
Featured
 
::| Latest News
News in Pictures

Reliance Communications has made full repayment of two loans amounting to $1 billion (around Rs 6,000 crore), during the quarter ended June 30.The repayments have been from the company's rupee resources.

Business News
 

Kingfisher woes force fliers to shift to rival airlines

Monday - Feb 20, 2012, 06:36pm (GMT+5.5)
[+] Text [-]

Bangalore - With cash-strapped Kingfisher Airlines cancelling, clubbing and re-scheduling its domestic flights on hourly basis, hundreds of its passengers are opting to fly out of Bangalore through its rival airlines.

“Of the 25 Kingfisher flights that were to arrive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. from various destinations across the country, 10 didn’t land. Of its 20 flights that were to take-off during the day so far, eight have been cancelled,” a Bangalore airport official told IANS.

As a result, several of its passengers were seen lining up at the counters of Jet Airways, Air India, Spice Jet and Indigo airlines at the airport and calling their city offices to fly out by the earliest available aircraft of any carrier.

“Though I have been aware of the flight disruptions of Kingfisher due to the crisis in the airline, I hoped to catch its afternoon flight to Mumbai at the scheduled time. But when I reached its counter to check-in, I was told to wait as its in-coming aircraft was delayed and finally cancelled.

"I was asked to take an evening flight but there was no confirmation when it would take-off. I had to cancel the ticket and book by a Jet flight at a higher cost,” lamented a business executive who declined to be named.

Several Kingfisher customers also complained at its office in the city and airport against lack of information and updates on arrival or departure of its many flights as the airline was struggling to club or re-schedule its services due to shortage of aircraft, pilots, flight crew and ground staff.

“I have not been able to get through either the airline’s airport or city office numbers. Only recorded messages are heard. Its toll-free number is worse as it is either engaged or put on hold for long with musical tones,” a booking agent said on anonymity.

Even as the company’s spokesman claimed that the airline was making efforts to operate as many of its daily services, a few travel agents in the city stopped booking tickets by Kingfisher flights this week as they do not have firm information on resumption of normal operations

“As there is no feedback from the airline on the status of its services over the next five-six days, we are not taking chances to book in advance as there is lot of uncertainty and confusion. Instead, we are advising even its regular fliers to switch over to other airlines, including budget carriers,” Gemini Travels’ manager Deepak Kumar said.

Admitting flight disruptions since Feb 18 due to unexpected events, the spokesman said the airline would resume normal operations soon and re-open booking for all services in the next four days.





|

Rating (Votes: )   

blog comments powered by Disqus


Related Articles:
» Kudankulam N-plant to reconnect to the grid Oct 26
» Rupee unchanged at 61.46
» Kerala Tourism takes Twitter route for campaign
» Onion prices to come down in next 10 days: Thomas
» Ratan Tata meets Sharma post FIPB nod for airline venture
» Mamata government selling onions at Rs.36 per kg
» Gold prices gaining by Rs 480 to Rs 32,410 per ten gram
» Mukesh Ambani remains richest Indian with assets of $18.9 billion
» Top 100 rich Indians' net worth rises to $250 billion
» Bharti Airtel board approves subsidiary merger
» Emirates expects to fly 70 mn passengers in 2020
» Japan's Olympus scales down India business projection
» Tewari pulls up Ludhiana officials over MGNREGA funds
» India-France trade can aid inclusive growth: Jaipal Reddy
» China to set up power equipment service centres in India
» Reduced arrival of onions behind price hike: Dikshit
» Shanta Kumar slams delay in export ban on onions
» Sri Lanka records strong tourist, remittance earnings
» Cochin airport investors set to reap profits
» Etihad Airways to double Colombo flights
» Jet Airways standalone losses jump eight-fold to Rs. 891 crore
» RBI receives $10.1 billion under forex swap window
» SBI to get Rs 2000 cr as part of Rs 14K cr banks fund infusion
» Mobile economy to add $400 billion to India GDP: GSMA
» Volvo launches next generation S60 and XC60


Other Articles:
Six PPP port projects to be sanctioned this year: Vasan (20th Feb, 2012)
Cognac that accompanied Napoleon to be auctioned (20th Feb, 2012)
Bangladesh's exports to India to double by June (20th Feb, 2012)
Upgraded tablet PC Aakash not to cost more: Sibal (20th Feb, 2012)
Kingfisher Airlines CEO summoned to explain cancellations (20th Feb, 2012)
Trade potential making India, Pakistan lift barriers (20th Feb, 2012)
Murdoch to unveil 'The Sun on Sunday' on Feb 26 (20th Feb, 2012)
No government bailout for Kingfisher: Ajit Singh (20th Feb, 2012)
Licence plates costlier than cars in China (20th Feb, 2012)
Here's the catch on Kerala's fishing industry (20th Feb, 2012)
Poverty not declining in Bihar, despite high growth (20th Feb, 2012)
Half million Bangladeshis employed overseas in 2011 (20th Feb, 2012)
Kingfisher flights hit for third day (20th Feb, 2012)
Much to be done to overcome economic crisis: Spanish PM (20th Feb, 2012)
Jharkhand hosts its first international trade fair (20th Feb, 2012)
Japan to cut civil servant's pay by 7.8 percent (20th Feb, 2012)
Iran stops oil exports to Britain, France (20th Feb, 2012)
Myanmar eyes more tourists (20th Feb, 2012)
China cuts bank reserve requirement (20th Feb, 2012)
Toshiba to expand elevator business in India (20th Feb, 2012)
Fresh 2G auction: Consumer may be spared large hike (19th Feb, 2012)
Pakistan-India border saw $154,000 trade on single day (19th Feb, 2012)
Chef's table week, unique concept taking root in India (19th Feb, 2012)
Private jet market soars in India (19th Feb, 2012)
News Corp shareholder says 'Murdoch can't ignore calls for sweeping change in media firm' (19th Feb, 2012)




Contact Us | Advertise with Us | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Terms of Use