Thursday, September 17, 2015

How the derailment grounded a Hong Kong-bound flight

One might wonder if there is a connection between Tuesday’s train derailment and the cancellation of the Hong Kong-bound Cathay Pacific flight. Well, there is one! With people opting to travel via road post-derailment, resulting in hour-long jams due to bumper-to-bumper traffic across the city, 12 crewmembers reached the airport late as they were stuck in one such traffic jam on the Western Express Highway (WEH). This eventually resulted in the cancellation of the flight. Sources at Terminal-2 said boarding for CX 696, whose standard departure time is 10.46 pm, was rescheduled for 11.55 pm after its crew reported late to work. However, the delay had irked the 200 passengers who created a ruckus around 11.15 pm and refused to board the flight after learning that the flight was re-routed as well.
17/09/15 Neha LM Tripathi/Mid Day
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