More than a month after the Airports Authority of India (AAI) asked Kingfisher Airlines to remove its 10 grounded aircraft that are taking up space at Chennai airport, the aircraft are still there. The debt-ridden airline stopped services in October last year. Back in 2008, Kingfisher used to operate 60 flights a day from Chennai. By mid-2012, this was down to 45 before operations stopped all together.
An official of the AAI said that most of the aircraft Kingfisher has are on lease. After their financial crisis, the companies that own the aircraft want to take them back, the officer said. According to the official, a few companies have already deregistered their aircrafts with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and are making arrangements to take possession of them.