Kingfisher excluded from India's 2012 winter schedule

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Kingfisher Airlines will not be able to resume operations for at least six months, after it was excluded from India's 2012 winter schedule for domestic carriers.

The airline, whose air operator's certificate (AOC) was suspended by Indian regulators on 20 October, was given 2,930 weekly flights in the 2011 winter schedule.

But India's directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA), which is responsible for issuing the schedule, did not allocate any slots to the airline this time round.

The DGCA did not give any reasons for Kingfisher's exclusion, but the move means that Kingfisher will not be able to resume any services until the Indian summer schedule is released in six months' time.

Kingfisher grounded its fleet and suspended operations on 1 October after several employees, some of whom were said to have not been paid for months, went on strike. The DGCA suspended its AOC on 20 October after it failed to adequately respond to a show cause notice, which required the carrier to prove that it will be able to resume operations safely.

Indian airlines have been allocated a total of 10,935 weekly services during the winter schedule, down from 13,541 last year.

The three low-cost carriers' allocations were raised from the previous year. IndiGo will operate 2,447 weekly flights, an increase from 1,879 last year. SpiceJet will operate 2,233 flights, a rise from 2,051 and GoAir will have 675 flights, an increase from 588.

These frequency increases resulted from these carriers raising capacity on their flights, says the DGCA.

Flag carrier Air India will have 1,850 weekly services, a decrease from 1,875 in 2011. Its subsidiary, Alliance Air, will operate 319 weekly flights, a drop from 438 last year.

Jet Airways will have 2,515 weekly flights, a fall from last year's 2,905. Its subsidiary JetLite will operate 854 weekly flights, down from 875, adds the DGCA.