Monday, August 14, 2017

Two airlines to pay Rs 1.07 lakh to passenger

Chennai: The District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum, Chennai (South) has directed two international airlines to pay a compensation of Rs 1.07 lakh to a person for not permitting him to board a flight to Pittsburgh, USA, from Chennai. He was returning to USA along with his wife and brother in 2009.

In the petition, S. Karthik from Pittsburgh submitted that he planned to spend a month with his family members in Chennai. He purchased round trip tickets for travel from Pittsburgh to Chennai for himself and his pregnant wife and his brother Ravinder. They left Pittsburgh by Continental Airlines on January 23, 2009 and reached Chennai on January 26, 2009.

 He said “while returning to Pittsburgh only his brother was allowed to board the flight on February 23, 2009”. Karthik and his wife were not given boarding passes on a British Airways flight. When he enquired, Karthik found that their confirmed tickets were cancelled.

 His original travel schedule was disrupted. He was forced to book tickets again and travelled in Qatar Airlines on March 11, 2009. He said the act of Continental Airlines and British Airways amounts to deficiency in service and unfair trade practice, which caused him mental agony and hardship. He sought direction to the airlines to pay a compensation of Rs 8 lakh.
 In the reply, Manager, Continental Airlines, Nandanam, submitted that Karthik purchased confirmed round trip ticket from Pittsburgh through agent Hotwire.com. His onward journey was smooth on Continental tickets from Pittsburgh to Newark without any trouble. He was scheduled to fly on a British Airways from Chennai to London on February 23, 2009. The British Airways cancelled two out of three tickets and Continental Airlines had no role in the cancellation.
14/08/17 Deccan Chronicle

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