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

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NEW DELHI, Oct 12 (Reuters) - India's debt-laden KingfisherAirlines 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, groundedits flights since the start of the month after an employeeprotest turned violent.

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

(Reporting by Anurag Kotoky; editing by Malini Menon)

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Keywords: KINGFISHER STRIKE/