Indian airline Kingfisher has lost its international and domestic slots.

The move by India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation follows the grounding of the airline in October 2012 and the subsequent “non-utilization” of the slots.

Kingfisher Airlines

Kingfisher also lost its license to fly at the end of 2012 and is reported to be $1.4bn (£870m) in debt.

The ministry said that cancellation of rights to fly overseas will “give additional availability of approximately 25,000 seats per week for use by other Indian carriers to these eight countries, some of which are much in demand by these carriers”.

It is not yet known which carriers will take up the slots for Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, UAE Dubai and the UK.

Kingfisher Airlines, controlled by liquor baron Vijay Mallya, was once India’s second biggest carrier but is now being pursued by a consortium of banks and creditors seeking to recover their dues.

The stunning aircraft photo below is one of many that were shown here on planefinder.net as the airline was popular with aviation photographers and flight tracker enthusiasts.

Kingfisher Airlines Airbus A330-200
Kingfisher Airlines Airbus A330-200 – VY-VJK – Photo © Stephen Morris – pinkfroot.com

The latest move makes it increasingly unlikely that the airline will fly again.

We hope you found this article helpful. We're a small team of enthusiasts dedicated to making live plane tracking available to everyone at the touch of a button. If you'd like to find out more why not try out one of our apps for your Android or iOS device?

iOS App Store Google Play Store