Mumbai: Airport Authority of India (AAI) has refused to allow the lessors to take back about half a dozen aircraft rented out to Kingfisher Airline, sources said.
One of the lessors has sent a legal notice to AAI for not passing the releasing order. AAI's contention is that it cannot let the aircraft go, as it too has to recover dues of about 300 crore on account of landing and parking fees from the near-bankrupt KFA.
When contacted, an AAI spokesperson confirmed the development, and added that the authority is exploring several options to recover its long-pending dues.
The airline, which has not paid salaries to its employees for the past five months (some have not been paid for six months), has been defaulting on payments to AAI, oil companies, aircraft leasing companies and the government tax authorities.
A KFA spokesperson could not be contacted for comments.