Thursday, October 19, 2006

Overbooking leaves Indian passengers stranded in Kathmandu

Kathmandu: The festival season was marred for over two dozen air passengers who found themselves the victims of overbooking by India's national carrier Indian and stranded in Kathmandu.
Even travellers holding confirmed business class tickets for flying to Kolkata from Kathmandu Wednesday were victims of the decision by the airline authorities to issue tickets to more people than there were seats at a time there is a rush on the sector with flights going full for several weeks.
Passengers with connecting flights to catch, ill passengers and a passenger whose wife is in hospital, were left in the lurch despite holding confirmed tickets and having arrived at the Kathmandu airport well in time.
Angry ticket holders shouted and threatened the Indian officials, creating chaos and watched in consternation by other airlines as well as foreign tourists.
19/10/06 Sudeshna Sarkar/IANS/Telugu Portal