Saturday, December 22, 2018

Grueling time for 144 passengers bound for Kolkata on AI flight

Passengers of Air India availing 11.00 pm night chartered flight from Port Blair to Kolkata on Thursday had to undergo intense hardship and sufferings as the flight, which was hired as chartered flight by the administration could not land at the Port Blair airport due to low visibility and dense fog. According to Air India sources, the flight carrying full passengers left Kolkata at 8.30 pm and reached Port Blair at about 10.30 pm but as the visibility was low, the flight could not land at the airport. The visibility was as low as only 100 mtrs whereas at least 2400 mtrs visibility is essential for any flight to land in the Port Blair airport.
About 144 passengers were waiting at the Port Blair airport to board the Kolkata bound flight. But their woes become unending as they had to spend the entire night in the airport and it was only on the next date, they boarded a special flight to reach their destination. While passengers hailing from the islands left for their homes, tourists and others had to spend the entire night seating in the chairs at the airport. Those stranded at the airport were provided light refreshments and other conveniences by the Air India authorities during their wait at the departure terminal.
Meanwhile, a special flight arrived from Kolkata at about 1.00 pm on Friday and all the 144 stranded passengers of the Chartered flight boarded the flight for Kolkata. Poor visibility due to fog and gusty winds during heavy rains has been hampering flight operations in the Veer Savarkar International (VSI) airport due to which at time flights landing become difficult resulting in diversion of flights and suffering & miseries to the passengers.
21/12/18 Roopa Lall/Echo of India
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