Kingfisher again defers Dubai launch

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India's Kingfisher Airlines has again deferred plans for the launch of services to Dubai in the UAE.

The carrier had been selling tickets for daily services to Dubai from Bangalore for around two weeks but it has now halted sales on its website and deferred the planned 7 March launch.

No reason is given and a spokesman was not immediately available for comment. A reservations agent in Mumbai would only say that the deferral is due to "operational reasons".

Kingfisher originally planned to serve Dubai from 8 February but pushed back the launch for unexplained reasons. It also pushed back the planned launch of Hong Kong and Singapore services in January.

A spokesman has said Kingfisher is committed to rolling out several new international services in the coming months. In addition to Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore, he has said the airline is interested in serving Bangkok, Dhaka and Kuala Lumpur.

Kingfisher has an extensive domestic network in India. It currently serves just two international destinations, London and Colombo.