Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Airport director denies asking Indigo to issue boarding pass

Visakhapatnam: Civil aviation officials continued to remain in a state of denial over the episode involving the unruly behaviour of TDP Anantapur MP J C Diwakar Reddy with Visakhapatnam airport director G Prakash Reddy on Tuesday maintaining that neither he nor Union civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju forced IndiGo airline to issue a boarding pass to the MP despite him arriving at the airport much after the gate was closed.
"I was with Union civil aviation minister Gajapathi Raju (at Vizag airport on the morning of June 15 when Diwakar Reddy arrived at 7.40am to board the IndiGo flight 6E 608 to Hyderabad). Neither the minister nor I knew what happened at the IndiGo ticket counter. And later, after we learnt of the incident, Gajapathi Raju never told me to intervene on behalf of Diwakar Reddy," Prakash Reddy told TOI on Tuesday evening.
Asked about the claim of IndiGo Airlines that it was Prakash Reddy who forced them to issue a boarding pass to the MP, the Vizag airport director said: "I do not know what report the airline submitted. But neither did I nor the minister intervene in the matter."
After arriving much after the gate was closed for the IndiGo flight to Hyderabad, video footage recorded at 7.48am on June 15 shows Diwakar Reddy arguing with the airline officials and damaging a printer on being disallowed to board the flight.
21/06/17 Siva G/Times of India