Saturday, September 09, 2017

Another flight rescheduled on Friday, Hajis slam Govt

Srinagar:  The authorities are shifting blame for the mismanagement of flights carrying Hajj pilgrims from New Delhi.
Two of the Air India flights ferrying Hajis were scheduled to arrive at the Srinagar International Airport at 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm on Thursday.
However, the flights did not land and returned back to New Delhi. It led to protests by the aggrieved families of Hajis with the anti-India, pro-Azaadi, and pro-Zakir slogans till late Thursday evening.
The paramilitary forces at the airport resorted to baton charge to disperse the protesters.
Director Airport Authority of India, Srinagar, Sharad Kumar, said the flights had to return to New Delhi since Air India did not seek permission from the airport authorities.
“The Air India did not seek permission from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, so the flights were not allowed landing at the airport,” Kumar said.
He said the affected Hajis were brought in smaller planes from Delhi to Srinagar on Friday.
“The Hajis and their luggage were brought in separate planes,” he added.
A senior official of the Air India said the flights got delayed for over two hours at the Jeddah Airport.
When asked that airport authorities claim that Air India didn’t seek permission for the landing, the official said, “The Air India is not a baby that will run without permission. The only thing is that DGCA said no landing will be allowed after the sunset.”
08/09/17 Mudassir Kuloo/Kashmir Monitor