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India's Kingfisher Airlines cancels several flights citing worker threats

MUMBAI -- India's cash-strapped Kingfisher Airlines cancelled several flights on Monday due to staff unrest, it said, fueling more doubts about the private carrier's future and sending its shares plunging.

Kingfisher, which is desperately in need of capital to keep flying, said in a statement it believed some employees might not report to work after being threatened by other workers.

“A section of our employees have been threatening and manhandling other employees who are reporting to work. We are anticipating disruptions and delays of flights across our network,” airline spokesman Prakash Mirpuri said.

“With a view to mitigate the impact of these anticipated disruptions, we are proactively cancelling several flights across our network for Oct. 1,” he said in the statement, adding the firm would talk to employees on the issue.

Mirpuri could not be reached by telephone and the statement did not specify how many flights were affected, but according to domestic media reports Kingfisher's fleet has fallen to seven planes from 66 last October.

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