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India's Kingfisher says planes to remain grounded until Oct 20

Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:06 AM ET

NEW DELHI, Oct 12 (Reuters) - India's debt-laden Kingfisher Airlines will keep its flights grounded until Oct. 20, the carrier, owned by billionaire Vijay Mallya, said on Friday.

Kingfisher, once India's second-biggest airline, grounded its flights since the start of the month after an employee protest turned violent.

Last week, India's aviation regulator sent a "show-cause" notice to Kingfisher asking why its licence to fly should not be cancelled after failing to provide a "safe, efficient and reliable service."

(Reporting by Anurag Kotoky; editing by Malini Menon)

((anurag.kotoky@thomsonreuters.com; +91 11 4178 1024; Reuters Messaging: anurag.kotoky.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

Keywords: KINGFISHER STRIKE/