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Kingfisher in talks with tenants to avoid eviction

Last updated on: May 4, 2012 11:39 IST

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Vijaya Mallaya-promoted Kingfisher Airlines hit another air pocket with two real estate developers slapping eviction notice on it for allegedly defaulting on rent payments since last November.

The airlines sources confirmed the development and said the management is negotiating with the developers to resolve the deadlock.

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The cash-strapped airline has a rented property in the Andheri suburb of the city, from where it is running a part of its operations, while the main administrative office is located at the Kingfisher House, which the promoter Mallya has been planning to monetise to raise some working capital funds for the airline.

"Senior airlines representatives are in talks with some of the developers for quite some time now to resolve the deadlock and arrive at a solution," Kingfisher Airlines sources told PTI in Mumbai on Friday.

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Image: A bomb squad vehicle stands next to a Kingfisher flight at Chattrapati Shivaji airport in Mumbai.
Photographs: Stringer/Reuters

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The airline spokesperson, however, was not available for comments.

The notice by city-based developers -- Samruddha Realtors and Dhruvam Realtors -- is understood to have been served on April 11 through their solicitors, giving a month's time to vacate the space held by the airline at Andheri (East).

Kingfisher has been struggling for survival for nearly a year and has been defaulting on payments against lease rentals, oil purchases, landing and parking fee and even service tax and TDS.

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Image: Passengers stand at a Kingfisher Airlines reservation office at the domestic airport in Kolkata.
Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

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The airline has a debt burden of over Rs 7,000 crore (Rs 70 billion), and accumulated losses of Rs 6,400 crore (Rs 64 billion). It also owes around Rs 280 crore (Rs 2.8 billion) towards the Airports Authority of India and Rs 518 crore (Rs 5.18 billion) to Hindustan Petroleum in fuel dues.

In the absence of any succour from lenders, the airline has reduced its operations to one-third from 400 flights a day with just 20 aircraft.

Income and service tax authorities had many a time frozen its bank account for defaulting on tax payments.

 


Image: Kingfisher Airlines Chairman Vijay Mallya speaks with the media after his meeting with Director General of Civil Aviation E K Bharat Bhushan.
Photographs: Parivartan Sharma/Reuters

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