Sunday, February 10, 2019

Airlines made pilgrims suffer: Pvt Tour Operators

Srinagar: Private tour operators on Saturday alleged that continuous delay by airlines to arrange additional flights between Delhi to Srinagar for stranded Umrah pilgrims has claimed the life of a female pilgrim at a hotel in New Delhi late last evening.

The Umrah operators said out of 750 stranded passengers around 500 were airlifted to Kashmir after protests were held at Press Enclave and at the Sheikh-ul-Alam International Airport against airlines for leaving Umrah pilgrims in a fix for the past three days in national capital.

They alleged that both private and state owned airlines including Air Asia, Air India, Indigo, spice Jet and Vistara did not reschedule tickets which made pilgrims to suffer badly in second-rate accommodations at many locations in Delhi.

“Around 750 pilgrims were stranded in New Delhi after their arrival from Mecca. Besides failing to arrange additional flights for them, the low-cost carrier airlines provided them with second-rate accommodations in New Delhi,” said Parvaiz Ahmad, member of the Association of Jammu and Kashmir Hajj and Umrah Services.
10/02/19 Kashmir Images

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