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India asks Kingfisher to stop sales until concerns are resolved-source

NEW DELHI, Oct 9 (Reuters) - India's aviation regulator hasasked Kingfisher Airlines Ltd , which faces a possibleshutdown by the government after an extended grounding of itsfleet, to stop selling tickets until its concerns are resolved,a government source said.

"Earlier they (Kingfisher) said they will start from the4th, now they are saying 12th. We told them today to get issuessorted out first and then sell tickets," the source said onTuesday.

Debt-strapped Kingfisher stopped flights on Oct. 1 after aweekend protest by staff turned violent and has extended what itdescribed as a partial lock-out to Oct. 12.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation told the airlinelast week to demonstrate why its permit to fly should not besuspended or cancelled, saying the airline had failed toestablish a "safe, efficient and reliable service".

(Reporting by Anurag Kotoky; Editing by Anand Basu)

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